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  1. [geography] The mental activities engaged in by a person trying to reach a destination, usually an unfamiliar one, in real or virtual space. Wayfinding consists of acquiring information that is relevant to choosing a route, or a segment of a route, and of evaluating that information during travel so the route can be changed as needed. Wayfinding is the cognitive component of navigation.
  2. [geography] The academic study of wayfinding behavior; also, the scientific art of designing real or virtual environments to make wayfinding easier.
  3. [navigation] Long-distance, open-sea navigation without instruments. Historical wayfinding typically refers to the navigation techniques used by Indigenous people from the greater Pacific Islands, also known as Polynesian wayfinding.

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