Meaning of NAVIGATION in English

ˌnavəˈgāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French navigation from Latin navigation-, navigatio, from navigatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : the act or practice of navigating

feats of navigation among migratory animals — W.H.Dowdeswell


a. : the science or art of conducting ships or aircraft from one place to another ; especially : the method of determining position, course, and distance traveled over the surface of the earth by the principles of geometry and astronomy and by reference to devices (as radar beacons or instruments) designed as aids

b. : skill in this art or science

3. : an instance of navigating : voyage

pigeons and shearwaters can exhibit … a successful navigation homeward — R.M.Lockley

4. : ship traffic or commerce : shipping

open to navigation as soon as the ice is out

5. : a navigable waterway formed artificially : passage

the lake itself being some six miles long, tolerable navigation was thus established for a distance of eleven miles — John Burroughs

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.