[ awr-ee-uhn-tey-shuhn, -en-, ohr- ]
/ ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr- /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM orientationo·ri·en·ta·tive, adjectivenon·o·ri·en·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orientation
/ (ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪʃən) /
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
Derived forms of orientationorientational, adjective
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