- 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 relative positions of certain atoms or groups, especially in aromatic compounds.
- the determination of the position of substituted atoms or groups in a compound.
Origin of orientation
Examples from the Web for orientation
This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
A new study shows that 47 percent of gay or bisexual men have never discussed their orientation with their doctor.Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients
September 27, 2014
Uber recruited the drivers off Craigslist, gave them a background check and 45 minute orientation.Uber’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Surge Pricing. What If It’s Sexual Harassment by Drivers?
March 28, 2014
The letter also asserts that the ads were simply responding to a public discussion of Zuckerman's sexual orientation.Child Molestation at Idaho Scout Camp in the 90s Has Lasting Impact
August 24, 2013
Most newspapers of the day openly aligned with one political party or the other and made no secret of their orientation.How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election
May 2, 2013
It can be used to induce any orientation desired in the mind of the enemy.Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
But the orientation of the stars behind them had been familiar.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
He could see many of its faults, but he didn't have the orientation to see all of them.The Highest Treason
Finally, satisfied with the ship's orientation, the autopilot rested.Pushbutton War
Joseph P. Martino
Orientation conditioned by individual organization, 48;Personal, 270.Essay on the Creative Imagination
- 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
- Also called: orientation course mainly US and Canadian
- a course, programme, lecture, etc, introducing a new situation or environment
- (as modifier)an orientation talk
- psychol the knowledge of one's own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life
- basic beliefs or preferencessexual 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
Word Origin and History for orientation
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.
- The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
- Location or position relative to the points of the compass.
- The relative position of one atom with respect to another to which it is connected.
- Sexual orientation.
- Introductory instruction concerning a new situation.
- Awareness of the objective world in relation to one's self.