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.
- o·ri·en·ta·tive, adjective
- non·o·ri·en·ta·tion, noun
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How to use orientation in a sentence
One option is to use the differences in ideology, political orientation and values as segmentation variables and see how they align with the core segments that the firm is targeting.Why ethical dilemmas are putting brands and their media buying in the spotlight | Seb Joseph | January 21, 2021 | Digiday
This past week, this year’s new members of Congress got an orientation like no other.Style Conversational Week 1419: A smile for the Capitol? | Pat Myers | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
The ill-fated streaming service drummed up huge buzz at CES 2020, promising to revolutionize content by allowing users to seamlessly switch between vertical and horizontal orientation as they watched content on their phones.CES trends to look out for at this year’s virtual conference | Stan Horaczek | January 6, 2021 | Popular-Science
The rule text change makes it clear everyone regardless of gender identification or orientation is subject to ethics regulations.House of Representatives poised to swap out "he" and "she" for gender-neutral terms | Kadia Goba | January 2, 2021 | Axios
He is the author of the book Eco, Ego, Eros, that explores panpsychism across various fields, and of the General Resonance Theory of consciousness, which is panpsychist in orientation.Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious - Issue 94: Evolving | Tam Hunt | December 30, 2020 | Nautilus
I was told that God hated me, and despite trying very hard to change my sexual orientation, I found that I could not.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.
“Mainstream feminism is riddled with classism, racism, and sexual orientation discrimination,” she wrote.
Edwards crudely framed the state of play in the South as a matter of race, sexual orientation, and class; in other words, culture.The 2014 Election Is Yet Another Scrum in the Culture Wars | Lloyd Green | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What kind of groupie FYIs does the NBA provide during rookie orientation?The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning | Bill Schulz | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Psychology has formulated plenty of such general statements, and they serve well for a first orientation.Psychotherapy | Hugo Mnsterberg
For the purposes of orientation a visit to the museum should precede a tour of the fields.Manasses (Bull Run) National Battlefield Park-Virginia | Francis F. Wilshin
The settlers still haven't grown used to this planet, though we have orientation talks every night.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
This excellent orientation supplements the brief descriptive remarks attached to the titles.A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies | Archer Taylor
This orientation could be the source of a new evangelism that would make its witness heard in the depth and detail of human life.Herein is Love | Reuel L. Howe
British Dictionary definitions for orientation
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 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
- orientational, adjective
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