Navigable 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. --Kent. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] -- {Nav"i*ga*ble*ness}, n. -- {Nav"i*ga*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • navigably — blē, li adverb : in a navigable manner or to a navigable degree * * * navˈigably adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑navigate * * * ˈnavigably, adv. [f. as navigable a. + ly2.] In a navigable manner. ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • navigably — adverb see navigable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • navigably — See navigability. * * * …   Universalium

  • navigably — nævɪgÉ™blɪ adv. in a manner that may be navigated, in a manner that may be steered through …   English contemporary dictionary

  • navigably — nav·i·ga·bly …   English syllables

  • navigable — adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to ships < navigable waterways > b. capable of being navigated < navigable terrain > 2. capable of being steered • navigability noun • navigably …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • navigable — navigability, navigableness, n. navigably, adv. /nav i geuh beuhl/, adj. 1. deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel. 2. capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile. [1520 30; < L navigabilis,… …   Universalium

  • navigable — /ˈnævɪgəbəl/ (say naviguhbuhl) adjective that may be navigated, as waters, or vessels or aircraft. –navigability /nævɪgəˈbɪləti/ (say naviguh biluhtee), navigableness, noun –navigably, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • non-navigable — /nɒn ˈnævɪgəbəl/ (say non naviguhbuhl) adjective not navigable. –non navigability /nɒn nævɪgəˈbɪləti/ (say non naviguh biluhtee), non navigableness, noun –non navigably, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • navigable — [nav′i gə bəl] adj. [L navigabilis < navigare: see NAVIGATE] 1. wide or deep enough, or free enough from obstructions, for the passage of ships [a navigable river] 2. that can be steered, or directed [a navigable balloon] navigability n.… …   English World dictionary

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