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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who navigates.
  • n. A device that directs the course of an aircraft or missile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who navigates, especially an officer with that responsibility on a ship or an aircrew member with that responsibility on an aircraft
  • n. a sea explorer
  • n. a device that navigates an aircraft, automobile or missile
  • n. : a labourer on an engineering project such as a canal; a navvy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who navigates or sails; esp., one who direct the course of a ship, or one who is skillful in the art of navigation; also, a book which teaches the art of navigation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who navigates or sails; especially, one who directs the course of a ship, or is skilful in the art of navigation.
  • n. A laborer on a “navigation” or canal (see navigation, 4), or on a railway. Now usually abbreviated navvy (see navvy).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ship's officer in charge of navigation
  • n. in earlier times, a person who explored by ship
  • n. the member of an aircrew who is responsible for the aircraft's course

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Examples

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  • Champlain -- navigator, map-maker, writer, diplomat and statesman -- was above all convinced that Canada could be home to goodness and greatness.

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  • Considering the obstacle course over which American economic policy-makers must manoeuvre, the navigator is called upon to display unusual skill and intuitive judgment.

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  • This is a contrast particularly present in our minds at the very time when the Northwest Passage, that romantic dream of the navigator from the very beginning of the exploration of the American continent, a dream which was to prove the death of so many, is once again a matter of present exploration, with the ghosts of Frobisher and Franklin watching the progress of the Manhattan and her accompanying icebreakers.

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  • Edmondson, the navigator from the previous night's mission, to go along on this one because of his experience from the night before.

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  • There wasn't a scientist worthy of the name in the whole outfit, unless you call the navigator, Captain Bartholomew, an astronomer, which is certainly begging the question.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

  • At the Lauren center, for example, patients are assigned a "navigator" -- an employee charged with walking them through the different phases of their diagnosis and care.

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  • But the pilot program, which begins in July, puts a client with a "navigator" -- the new term for "case manager" -- who will help the client with jobs, independent living skills, family relations and other challenges to sobriety.

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  • A GPS navigator is another thing I’ve never wanted to shell out for, but if this is priced reasonably in the iTunes store, I’d go for it.

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  • See also navvy. Now rare meaning: a construction worker; specifically a labourer employed in the construction of (originally) a canal, (now freq.) a road, railway, etc.

    Usage:
    Navigator, Navigator rise up and be strong
    The morning is here and there's work to be done.
    Take your pick and your shovel and the bold dynamite
    For to shift a few tons of this earthly delight...
    Their mark on this land is still seen and still laid
    The way for a commerce where vast fortunes were made
    The supply of an Empire where the sun never set
    Which is now deep in darkness, but the railway's there yet.
    --"Navigator," the Pogues, lyrics c. 1985 Shane Macgowan

    Usage: 1969 J. FOWLES _The French Lieutenant's Woman_ xii. 90 ‘I feel like an Irish navigator transported into a queen's boudoir,’ complained Charles, as he kissed Ernestina's fingers in a way that showed he would in fact have made a very poor Irish navvy.

    February 7, 2007