navigation

Navigation is all about figuring out how to get somewhere. If you are lost, hopefully your cell phone can act as a navigation device.

You're most likely to come across the noun navigation when you're learning to sail a boat or pilot a ship or airplane. Large vessels that travel long distances often need some help in planning a route and following it, and that's exactly what navigation is all about. The Latin word navigare, "to sail, sail over, go by sea, steer a ship," is at the root of navigation, and it in turn comes from navis, "ship."

Definitions of navigation
  1. noun
    the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
    synonyms: pilotage, piloting
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    types:
    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:
    direction, guidance, steering
    the act of setting and holding a course
  2. noun
    ship traffic
    “the channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts”
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    type of:
    shipping, transport, transportation
    the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
  3. noun
    the work of a sailor
    synonyms: sailing, seafaring
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    types:
    cabotage
    navigation in coastal waters
    type of:
    employment, work
    the occupation for which you are paid
  4. noun
    (computing) the process or action of moving around a website, system, or file
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