Definition: A waypoint is a reference point or set of coordinates that precisely identify a location. A waypoint includes latitude and longitude data and may include altitude. Most GPS receivers allow the user to easily set, store, and reference multiple waypoints. In practical use, GPS device displays can point to, or give specific directions to pre-set waypoints. Also, specific and detailed routes may be established with multiple waypoints. Waypoints may be set while a GPS user is physically positioned at the desired waypoint. Waypoints may also be set by entering data into the GPS receiver or into map software on a personal computer.
Also Known As: Coordinates