Orientative



[awr-ee-uh n-tey-shuh n, -en-, ohr-] /ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-/

noun
1.
the act or process of orienting.
2.
the state of being oriented.
3.
an introduction, as to guide one in adjusting to new surroundings, employment, activity, or the like:
New employees receive two days of orientation.
4.
Psychology, Psychiatry. the ability to locate oneself in one’s environment with reference to time, place, and people.
5.
one’s position in relation to true north, to points on the compass, or to a specific place or object.
6.
the ascertainment of one’s true position, as in a novel situation, with respect to attitudes, judgments, etc.
7.
Chemistry.

/ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of orienting or the state of being oriented
2.
position or positioning with relation to the points of the compass or other specific directions
3.
the adjustment or alignment of oneself or one’s ideas to surroundings or circumstances
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) Also called orientation course

5.
(psychol) the knowledge of one’s own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life
6.
basic beliefs or preferences: sexual orientation
7.
(biology) the change in position of the whole or part of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light
8.
(chem) the relative dispositions of atoms, ions, or groups in molecules or crystals
9.
the siting of a church on an east-west axis, usually with the altar at the E end
n.

1839, originally “arrangement of a building, etc., to face east or any other specified direction,” noun of action from orient (v.). Sense of “action of determining one’s bearings” is from 1868. Meaning “introduction to a situation” is from 1942.

orientation o·ri·en·ta·tion (ôr’ē-ěn-tā’shən, -ən-)
n.

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