- 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.
- orienting reflex
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.
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?|Olivia Nuzzi|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Ames|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Harold Holzer|May 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
More than these qualities, though, was their orientation toward compromise with the Palestinians.
This shows a connection between the orientation of the egg in the wall of the ovary and its stratification.The Organism as a Whole|Jacques Loeb
After this orientation and location of position, one can deduce from the map everything there is to know in regard to directions.
Perhaps Harkness, too, had the flyer's indefinable power of orientation.Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
Not only were no two cities alike in their orientation systems, but the same city would often vary from section to section.Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett
Generally the head faces towards the south, but no invariable rule seems to have been observed as to its "orientation."Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life|E. A. Wallis Budge
- 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.