[awr-ee-uh n-tey-shuh n, -en-, ohr-] /ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-/
the act or process of orienting.
the state of being oriented.
an introduction, as to guide one in adjusting to new surroundings, employment, activity, or the like:
New employees receive two days of orientation.
Psychology, Psychiatry. the ability to locate oneself in one’s environment with reference to time, place, and people.
one’s position in relation to true north, to points on the compass, or to a specific place or object.
the ascertainment of one’s true position, as in a novel situation, with respect to attitudes, judgments, etc.
the act or process of orienting or the state of being oriented
position or positioning with relation to the points of the compass or other specific directions
the adjustment or alignment of oneself or one’s ideas to surroundings or circumstances
(mainly US & Canadian) Also called orientation course
(psychol) the knowledge of one’s own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life
basic beliefs or preferences: sexual orientation
(biology) the change in position of the whole or part of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light
(chem) the relative dispositions of atoms, ions, or groups in molecules or crystals
the siting of a church on an east-west axis, usually with the altar at the E end
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-)
[aw-ree-en-te] /ˌɔ riˈɛn tɛ/ noun 1. a region in Ecuador, E of the Andes: the border long disputed by Peru. 2. a province in E Cuba. 14,132 sq. mi. (36,600 sq. km). Capital: Santiago de Cuba.
[noun, adjective awr-ee-uh nt, ‐ee-ent, ohr-; verb awr-ee-ent, ohr‐] /noun, adjective ˈɔr i ənt, ‐iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; verb ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr‐/ noun 1. the Orient, 2. Jewelry. 3. the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world. verb (used with object) 4. to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings, […]
/ˌɔːrɪənˈtɪə/ verb (intransitive) 1. to take part in orienteering noun 2. a person who takes part in orienteering
[awr-ee-en-teer-ing, ohr-] /ˌɔr i ɛnˈtɪər ɪŋ, ˌoʊr-/ noun 1. a competitive sport, originating in Sweden, that tests the skills of map reading and cross-country running, in which competitors race through an unknown area to find various checkpoints by using only a compass and topographical map, the winner being the finisher with the lowest elapsed time. […]