[awr-ee-en-teer-ing, ohr-] /ˌɔr i ɛnˈtɪər ɪŋ, ˌoʊr-/

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.
a sport in which contestants race on foot over a course consisting of checkpoints found with the aid of a map and a compass

in reference to a competitive sport, 1948, from orient (v.).


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