- the Orient,
- the countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
- (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.
- an orient pearl.
- the iridescence of a pearl.
- the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world.
- to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.
- to familiarize (a person) with new surroundings or circumstances, or the like: lectures designed to orient the new students.
- to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations: to orient a building north and south.
- to direct or position toward a particular object: Orient it toward that house.
- to determine the position of in relation to the points of the compass; get the bearings of.
- to place so as to face the east, especially to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.
- Surveying. to set (the horizontal circle of a surveying instrument) so that readings give correct azimuths.
- Mathematics. to assign to (a surface) a constant, outward direction at each point.
- to turn toward the east or in any specified direction.
- (of a gem or pearl) exceptionally fine and lustrous; oriental.
- Archaic. rising or appearing, especially as from below the horizon: the orient sun.
Origin of orient
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Examples from the Web for orient
The myth of the Orient, and the Orient Express, both facilitated and quelled illusions about foreign cultures.
Inversely, of course, figures from the Orient travelled the other way to discover Europe.
The Orient Express is, in many senses, an early example of budding globalism.
Next morning Alcide packed my valise, and leaving him in charge of my apartments I took the Orient express for Constantinople.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
So neither polling nor political theory can transfigure the human heart or orient our minds toward the brotherhood of man?Dear Frank Luntz: Here’s How to Be Happy Again
January 8, 2014
We have discovered the Orient, and even more, the Orient has discovered us.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Once more may our eyes be gladdened with the pearly, orient dew!Imogen
After B.'s death his friends filled the Orient with his bronzes.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
Such have been the customs of the Orient, from time immemorial, and are today.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
Orient, gorgeous, and flushed with color and light, like the morning!Poems
William D. Howells
- mainly poetic eastern
- archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising
- to adjust or align (oneself or something else) according to surroundings or circumstances
- (tr) to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass or other specific directions
- (tr) to set or build (a church) in an easterly direction
- the countries east of the Mediterranean
- the eastern hemisphere
Word Origin and History for orient
c.1300, "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called the Middle East), from Old French orient "east" (11c.), from Latin orientem (nominative oriens) "the rising sun, the east, part of the sky where the sun rises," originally "rising" (adj.), present participle of oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The Orient Express was a train that ran from Paris to Istanbul via Vienna 1883-1961, from the start associated with espionage and intrigue.
c.1727, originally "to arrange facing east," from French s'orienter "to take one's bearings," literally "to face the east" (also the source of German orientierung), from Old French orient "east," from Latin orientum (see Orient (n.)). Extended meaning "determine bearings" first attested 1842; figurative sense is from 1850. Related: Oriented; orienting.
- To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.
- To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.
- To make familiar with or adjusted to facts, principles, or a situation.