guidance

Guidance can mean steering (like the navigation system in a satellite) or the act of providing direction (like a guidance counselor does).

Back in the 1530s, guidance started out meaning "the process of directing conduct," similar to what we think of when we think of parents, mentors, or counselors. If you've ever asked a friend for advice on what to wear, you were seeking their guidance. But guidance also applies to physical direction. We might use a global positioning system (GPS) for guidance when we drive. Years ago, sailors relied on the stars for guidance. Sherpas provide guidance to climbers hiking Mt. Everest so they don't get lost.

Definitions of guidance
  1. noun
    the act of guiding or showing the way
    synonyms: steering
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    type of:
    direction, management
    the act of managing something
  2. noun
    the act of setting and holding a course
    synonyms: direction, steering
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    driving
    the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
    aim
    the action of directing something at an object
    navigation, pilotage, piloting
    the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
    celestial guidance
    a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
    inertial guidance, inertial navigation
    a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
    command guidance
    a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
    terrestrial guidance
    a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to the strength and direction of the earth's gravitational field
    motoring
    the act of driving an automobile
    instrument flying
    navigation of an airplane solely by instruments
    astronavigation, celestial navigation
    navigating according to the positions of the stars
    dead reckoning
    navigation without the aid of celestial observations
    type of:
    control
    the activity of managing or exerting control over something
  3. noun
    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
    synonyms: counsel, counseling, counselling, direction
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    guideline, road map
    a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
    career counseling
    counseling on career opportunities
    cynosure
    something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
    genetic counseling
    guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
    marriage counseling
    counseling on marital problems and disagreements
    confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip, wind
    an indication of potential opportunity
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
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