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NAVIGATION, participle present tense Passing on or over in sailing; steering and managing in sailing.


1. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels.

2. The art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another. This art comprehends not only the management of the sails, but the directing and measuring of the course of ships by the laws of geometry, or by astronomical principles and observations.

3. Ships in general.

Aerial navigation the sailing or floating in the air by means of balloons.

Inland navigation the passing of boats or small vessels on rivers, lakes or canals, in the interior of a country; conveyance by boats or vessels in the interior of a country.