(Na*vic"u*lar), n. (Anat.) The navicular bone.
(Nav`i*ga*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. navigabilité.] The quality or condition of being navigable; navigableness.
(Nav"i*ga*ble) a. [L. navigabilis: cf. F. navigable. See Navigate.] Capable of being navigated; deep
enough and wide enough to afford passage to vessels; as, a navigable river.
By the common law, a river is considered as navigable only so far as the tide ebbs and flows in it. This
is also the doctrine in several of the United States. In other States, the doctrine of the civil law prevails,
which is, that a navigable river is a river capable of being navigated, in the common sense of the term.
Nav"i*ga*ble*ness, n. Nav"i*ga*bly, adv.
(Nav"i*gate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Navigated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Navigating.] [L. navigatus, p.
p. of navigare, v.t. & i.; navis ship + agere to move, direct. See Nave, and Agent.] To journey by
water; to go in a vessel or ship; to perform the duties of a navigator; to use the waters as a highway or
channel for commerce or communication; to sail.
The Phenicians navigated to the extremities of the Western Ocean.Arbuthnot.
(Nav"i*gate), v. t.
1. To pass over in ships; to sail over or on; as, to navigate the Atlantic.
2. To steer, direct, or manage in sailing; to conduct (ships) upon the water by the art or skill of seamen; as,
to navigate a ship.
(Nav`i*ga"tion) n. [L. navigatio: cf. F. navigation.]
1. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable.
2. (a) the science or art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another, including, more
especially, the method of determining a ship's position, course, distance passed over, etc., on the surface
of the globe, by the principles of geometry and astronomy. (b) The management of sails, rudder, etc.; the
mechanics of traveling by water; seamanship.
3. Ships in general. [Poetic] Shak.