|Definition||to navigate in space|
|OED requirements||antedating 1941|
|Earliest cite||R.A. Heinlein, 'Common Sense'|
|Comment||Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Common Sense"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine version.
Earliest cite in the OED: 1942.
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1948 R. A. Heinlein Space Cadet 70||And you laddies expect to learn to astrogate! Better by far you should have gone to cow colleges.|
|1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 185||You want to raise the ship, so you want me to astrogate.|
|1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 186||I'll astrogate—shucks, I suppose it's all right to call me the astrogator, under the circumstances.|