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 Dictionary entry overview: What does navigation mean? 

  The noun NAVIGATION has 3 senses:

1. the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
2. ship traffic
3. the work of a sailor

  Familiarity information: NAVIGATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1navigation [BACK TO TOP]


The guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


navigation; pilotage; piloting

Hypernyms ("navigation" is a kind of...):

direction; guidance; steering (the act of setting and holding a course)

Domain member category:

bear down on; bear down upon (sail towards another vessel, of a ship)

barge (transport by barge on a body of water)

raft (transport on a raft)

ferry (transport from one place to another)

ferry (transport by ferry)

ferry (travel by ferry)

wear ship (turn away from the wind)

tack; wear round (turn into the wind)

outpoint (sail closer to the wind than)

rack; scud (run before a gale)

beat (sail with much tacking or with difficulty)

sail (travel in a boat propelled by wind)

yacht (travel in a yacht)

steam; steamer (travel by means of steam power)

boat (ride in a boat on water)

weather (sail to the windward of)

luff; point (sail close to the wind)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "navigation"):

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)

Sense 2navigation [BACK TO TOP]


Ship traffic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts

Hypernyms ("navigation" is a kind of...):

shipping; transport; transportation (the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials)

Sense 3navigation [BACK TO TOP]


The work of a sailor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


sailing; seafaring; navigation

Hypernyms ("navigation" is a kind of...):

employment; work (the occupation for which you are paid)

Meronyms (parts of "navigation"):

steerage; steering (the act of steering a ship)

Domain member category:

close to the wind (nearly opposite to the direction from which wind is coming)

steerageway ((nautical) the minimum rate of motion needed for a vessel to be maneuvered)

bell; ship's bell ((nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.)

beam-ends ((nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel)

capsizing ((nautical) the event of a boat accidentally turning over in the water)

towing line; towing rope; towline; towrope ((nautical) a rope used in towing)

fireroom; stokehold; stokehole ((nautical) chamber or compartment in which the furnaces of a ship are stoked or fired)

sternpost ((nautical) the principal upright timber at the stern of a vessel)

stand out (steer away from shore, of ships)

starboard (turn to the right, of helms or rudders)

close-hauled (having the sails trimmed for sailing as close to the wind as possible)

fore (situated at or toward the bow of a vessel)

atrip; aweigh ((of an anchor) just clear of the bottom)

rigged (fitted or equipped with necessary rigging (sails and shrouds and stays etc))

unrigged (stripped of rigging)

fore-and-aft (parallel with the keel of a boat or ship)

antifouling ((used of e.g. coatings) protecting against accumulation of barnacles etc on underwater surfaces)

stay ((nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar)

spun yarn ((nautical) small stuff consisting of a lightweight rope made of several rope yarns loosely wound together)

mainsheet; sheet; shroud; tack; weather sheet ((nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind)

tack; tacking ((nautical) the act of changing tack)

accommodation ladder ((nautical) a portable ladder hung over the side of a vessel to give access to small boats alongside)

becket ((nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship)

bilge well ((nautical) a well where seepage drains to be pumped away)

bitter end ((nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt)

chip (a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line)

deadeye ((nautical) a round hardwood disk with holes and a grooved perimeter used to tighten a shroud)

escutcheon ((nautical) a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed)

jack ladder; Jacob's ladder; pilot ladder ((nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps)

laniard; lanyard ((nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on ships)

lead line; sounding line ((nautical) plumb line for determining depth)

luff ((nautical) the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail that is next to the mast)

overhead ((nautical) the top surface of an enclosed space on a ship)

ratlin; ratline ((nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship; they form a ladder for climbing aloft)

rudder ((nautical) steering mechanism consisting of a hinged vertical plate mounted at the stern of a vessel)

sea ladder; sea steps ((nautical) ladder to be lowered over a ship's side for coming aboard)

leg ((nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "navigation"):

cabotage (navigation in coastal waters)

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