from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The theory and practice of navigating, especially the charting of a course for a ship or aircraft.
  • n. Travel or traffic by vessels, especially commercial shipping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The theory, practice and technology of charting a course for a ship, aircraft or a spaceship
  • n. Traffic or travel by vessel, especially commercial shipping
  • n. A canal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The management of sails, rudder, etc.; the mechanics of traveling by water; seamanship.
  • n. Ships in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of navigating; the act of moving on water in ships or other vessels; sailing: as, the navigation of the northern seas; also, by extension, the act of “sailing” through the air in a balloon (see aërial navigation, below).
  • n. The science or art of directing the course of vessels as they sail from one part of the world to another.
  • n. Ships in general; shipping.
  • n. An artificial waterway, or a part of a natural waterway that has been made navigable; a canal. Also navvy. See navvy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the work of a sailor
  • n. ship traffic
  • n. the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place


From Latin nāvigātiōnem, accusative singular of nāvigātiō ("sailing, navigation"), from nāvigātus, perfect passive participle of nāvigō ("sail"). (Wiktionary)



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