- 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
Related Words for orientationdirection, location, fix, assimilation, adaptation, acclimatization, position, bearings, familiarization, coordination
Examples from the Web for orientation
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of orientation
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
- a course, programme, lecture, etc, introducing a new situation or environment
- (as modifier)an orientation talk
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.