from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
  • n. Location or position relative to the points of the compass.
  • n. The construction of a church so that its longitudinal axis has an east-west direction with the main altar usually at the eastern end.
  • n. The direction followed in the course of a trend, movement, or development.
  • n. A tendency of thought; a general inclination: a Marxist orientation.
  • n. Sexual orientation.
  • n. An adjustment or adaptation to a new environment, situation, custom, or set of ideas.
  • n. Introductory instruction concerning a new situation: orientation for incoming students.
  • n. Psychology Awareness of the objective world in relation to one's self.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
  • n. A position relative to compass bearings
  • n. The construction of a Christian church to have its aisle in an east-west direction with the altar at the east end
  • n. An inclination, tendency or direction
  • n. The ability to orient
  • n. An adjustment to a new environment
  • n. An introduction to a (new) environment
  • n. The direction of print across the page; landscape or portrait
  • n. The choice of which ordered bases are "positively" oriented and which are "negatively" oriented on a real vector space

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
  • n. The tendency of a revolving body, when suspended in a certain way, to bring the axis of rotation into parallelism with the earth's axis.
  • n. An aspect or fronting to the east; especially (Arch.), the placing of a church so that the chancel, containing the altar toward which the congregation fronts in worship, will be on the east end.
  • n. A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of turning or the state of being turned toward the east.
  • n. Such a position of a corpse in a grave that the head is toward the west and the feet toward the east.
  • n. The construction or position of a church so that it has that end which contains the chancel or sanctuary in the direction of the east.
  • n. Hence, the position of a building or of any object with reference to any point of the compass.
  • n. In crystallography, the position of a crystal — of its faces, cleavage-planes, optic axes or axes of elasticity, etc. — defined with reference to certain assumed directions, especially those of the crystallographic axes.
  • n. The process of determining the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
  • n. Hence The act of taking one's mental bearings; ascertainment of one's true position, as in a novel situation, or with reference to new ideas, new studies, etc., as if by determining the points of the compass.
  • n. The process of determining direction or relative position in general.
  • n. In crystallography, the process of placing a crystal in proper position so as to show the relation of its planes to the assumed axes.
  • n. In zoology, the faculty or instinct by which birds and other animals find their way home after being carried to a distance.
  • n. Arrangement; distribution.
  • n. In chem., the relative position of the atoms or radicals in a molecule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
  • n. an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
  • n. a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
  • n. a predisposition in favor of something
  • n. the act of orienting
  • n. a course introducing a new situation or environment


orient +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)



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