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navigation

Noun

1 the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place [syn: pilotage, piloting]
2 ship traffic; "the channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts"
3 the work of a sailor [syn: seafaring, sailing]

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English

Etymology

From navigationem (nominative: navigatio), from navigatus (past participle of navigare).

Pronunciation

Noun

navigation

Translations

science
traffic
canal

French

Etymology

From navigationem (nominative: navigatio), from navigatus (past participle of navigare).

Noun

navigation

Swedish

Noun

navigation (uncountable)

Extensive Definition

Navigation is the process of planning, reading, and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. The word navigate is derived from the Latin roots navis meaning "ship" and agere meaning "to move" or "to direct." Latitude is usually expressed in degrees (marked with °) ranging from 0° at the Equator to 90° at the North and South poles. A line of position can refer to two different things: a line on a chart and a line between the observer and an object in real life. A bearing is a measure of the direction to an object.
Lines (or circles) of position can be derived from a variety of sources:
  • celestial observation (a short segment of the circle of equal altitude, but generally represented as a line),
  • terrestrial range (natural or man made) when two charted points are observed to be in line with each other,
  • compass bearing to a charted object,
  • radar range to a charted object,
  • on certain coastlines, a depth sounding from echo sounder or hand lead line.
There are some methods seldom used today such as "dipping a light" to calculate the geographic range from observer to lighthouse
Methods of navigation have changed through history. Each new method has enhanced the mariner’s ability to complete his voyage. It is also used to predict a future position by projecting course and speed from a known present position. More so than in other phases of navigation, proper preparation and attention to detail are important. A chronometer differs from a spring-driven watch principally in that it contains a variable lever device to maintain even pressure on the mainspring, and a special balance designed to compensate for temperature variations. A fix consisting of only radar information is called a radar fix.
Types of radar fixes include "range and bearing to a single object," "two or more bearings," This technique involves creating a line on the screen that is parallel to the ship's course, but offset to the left or right by some distance.
Another special technique, known as the Franklin Continuous Radar Plot Technique, involves drawing the path a radar object should follow on the radar display if the ship stays on its planned course. During the transit, the navigator can check that the ship is on track by checking that the pip lies on the drawn line. including the replacement of aging satellites, and research and development. Despite this fact, GPS is free for civilian use as a public good.

Navigation processes

Day's work in navigation

The Day's work in navigation is a minimal set of tasks consistent with prudent navigation. The definition will vary on military and civilian vessels, and from ship to ship, but takes a form resembling:
  1. Maintain continuous dead reckoning plot.
  2. Take two or more star observations at morning twilight for a celestial fix. (prudent to observe 6 stars)
  3. Morning sun observation. Can be taken on or near prime vertical for longitude, or at any time for a line of position.
  4. Determine compass error by azimuth observation of the sun.
  5. Computation of the interval to noon, watch time of local apparent noon, and constants for meridian or ex-meridian sights.
  6. Noontime meridian or ex-meridian observation of the sun for noon latitude line. Running fix or cross with Venus line for noon fix.
  7. Noontime determination the day's run and day's set and drift.
  8. At least one afternoon sun line, in case the stars are not visible at twilight.
  9. Determine compass error by azimuth observation of the sun.
  10. Take two or more star observations at evening twilight for a celestial fix. (prudent to observe 6 stars)

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navigation in Afrikaans: Navigasie
navigation in Arabic: ملاحة
navigation in Min Nan: Tō-hâng
navigation in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Навігацыя
navigation in Bulgarian: Навигация
navigation in Catalan: Navegació marítima
navigation in Czech: Navigace
navigation in Danish: Navigation
navigation in German: Navigation
navigation in Modern Greek (1453-): Ναυσιπλοΐα
navigation in Spanish: Navegación marítima
navigation in Persian: ناوبری
navigation in French: Navigation
navigation in Galician: Navegación marítima
navigation in Indonesian: Navigasi
navigation in Italian: Navigazione
navigation in Hebrew: ניווט
navigation in Hindi: दिक्चालन
navigation in Lithuanian: Navigacija
navigation in Dutch: Navigatie
navigation in Japanese: 航海
navigation in Norwegian: Navigasjon
navigation in Norwegian Nynorsk: Navigasjon
navigation in Low German: Navigatschoon
navigation in Polish: Nawigacja
navigation in Portuguese: Navegação
navigation in Russian: Навигация
navigation in Simple English: Navigation
navigation in Slovenian: Navigacija
navigation in Turkish: Seyir
navigation in Finnish: Navigointi
navigation in Swedish: Navigation
navigation in Ukrainian: Навігація
navigation in Chinese: 导航

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

VAR, aim, astronavigation, automatic electronic navigation, azimuth, bearing, bent, boating, canoeing, cartography, celestial navigation, chorography, circumnavigation, coasting, consolan, course, cruising, current, direction, direction line, drift, electronic navigation, geodesy, geodetic satellite, geography, gunkholing, heading, helmsmanship, inclination, lay, lie, line, line of direction, line of march, loran, motorboating, navar, navigability, navigating, omnidirectional range, omnirange, orbiting geophysical observatory, orientation, passage-making, periplus, pilotage, piloting, point, quarter, radar, radio navigation, range, rowing, run, sailing, sculling, sea travel, seafaring, seamanship, set, shoran, steaming, steerage, steering, surveying, tacan, teleran, tendency, tenor, topography, track, travel by water, trend, visual-aural range, voyaging, water travel, way, yachting
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