Definition of Navigation

1. Noun. The guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place.

2. Noun. Ship traffic. "The channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts"
Generic synonyms: Shipping, Transport, Transportation
Derivative terms: Navigate, Navigational

3. Noun. The work of a sailor.

Definition of Navigation

1. n. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable.

Definition of Navigation

1. Noun. The theory, practice and technology of charting a course for a ship, aircraft or a spaceship ¹

2. Noun. Traffic or travel by vessel, especially commercial shipping ¹

3. Noun. A canal ¹

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Definition of Navigation

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Medical Definition of Navigation

1. 1. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable. 2. The science or art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another, including, more especially, the method of determining a ship's position, course, distance passed over, etc, on the surface of the globe, by the principles of geometry and astronomy. The management of sails, rudder, etc.; the mechanics of traveling by water; seamanship. 3. Ships in general. Aerial navigation, the act or art of sailing or floating in the air, as by means of ballons; aeronautic. Inland navigation, Internal navigation, navigation on rivers, inland lakes, etc. Origin: L. Navigatio: cf. F. Navigation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Navigation

navigation (current term)
navigation channel
navigation channels
navigation light
navigational chart
navigational charts
navigational instrument
navigational system

Literary usage of Navigation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1910)
"Licking River navigation; claims presented by contractors in obedience to res. of legisl. concerning unsettled claims for work done on internal improvements ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"Franklin himself had testified to the immense benefit which the American Colonies had thus derived under the navigation Laws. But with this important and ..."

3. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States, Being by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Henry Cabot Lodge (1888)
"France and Britain are concerned with us in the fisheries, and view them as of the utmost moment to their navigation. They, of course, would hardly remain ..."

4. The American Historical Review by American historical association (1904)
"THE navigation ACTS AS APPLIED TO EUROPEAN TRADE THE navigation Act of ... the limitations laid by the navigation Act of 1660 upon the importation of ..."

5. Sportby C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1914)
"Modern navigation. Text-book of navigation and nautical astronomy. ... Plain everyday-navigation for the Ocean-going Yachtsman and others. 1911. ..."

6. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1859)
"long duration, or his situation would have been perilous in the extreme; for he found the navigation rendered difficult by the numerous keys * and ..."

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