What is navigation?

  • (noun): Ship traffic.
    Example: "The channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. The field of navigation includes four general categories: land navigation, marine navigation, aeronautic navigation, and space navigation. It is also the term of art used for the specialized knowledge used by navigators to perform navigation tasks. All navigational techniques involve locating the navigator's position compared to known locations or patterns.

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Some articles on navigation:

Itchen Navigation
... The Itchen Navigation is a 10.4-mile (16.7 km) disused canal system in Hampshire, England, that provided an important trading route from Winchester ... were authorised by Act of Parliament in 1665, but progress was slow, and the navigation was not declared complete until 1710 ... It was known as a navigation because it was essentially an improved river, with the main river channel being used for some sections, and cuts with locks used to bypass the difficult sections ...
Itchen Navigation - Route
... the river flowing to the west and the navigation to the east ... by Wharf Bridge, the oldest surviving bridge over the navigation, dating from the 1760s ... The navigation flows past the grounds of Winchester College, which uses the waterway for rowing practice ...
Electronics Technician (US Navy) - ET Subcategory Specialty Areas - Subsurface: Radio and Navigation
... ETs are divided into two distinct job functions, Radio ET(R) and Navigation ET(V) ... Subsurface Navigation ETs are responsible for maintaining, operating, and administrating the submarine's navigation and radar equipment, systems and programs ...
Navigation - Integrated Bridge Systems
... Electronic integrated bridge concepts are driving future navigation system planning ... Integrated systems take inputs from various ship sensors, electronically display positioning information, and provide control signals required to maintain a vessel on a preset course ...

More definitions of "navigation":

  • (noun): The guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place.
    Synonyms: pilotage, piloting