[awr-ee-uh n-tey-shuh n, -en-, ohr-]
- 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
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- 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 orientative
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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