- the Orient,
- the countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
- (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.
- an orient pearl.
- the iridescence of a pearl.
- the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world.
- to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.
- to familiarize (a person) with new surroundings or circumstances, or the like: lectures designed to orient the new students.
- to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations: to orient a building north and south.
- to direct or position toward a particular object: Orient it toward that house.
- to determine the position of in relation to the points of the compass; get the bearings of.
- to place so as to face the east, especially to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.
- Surveying. to set (the horizontal circle of a surveying instrument) so that readings give correct azimuths.
- Mathematics. to assign to (a surface) a constant, outward direction at each point.
- to turn toward the east or in any specified direction.
- (of a gem or pearl) exceptionally fine and lustrous; oriental.
- Archaic. rising or appearing, especially as from below the horizon: the orient sun.
Origin of orient
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Examples from the Web for oriented
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
One key constituency advocating “creative class” oriented development has been the grandees of urban real estate.Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class
March 20, 2013
Before the second stage was fired, however, the ship had to be oriented properly.Pushbutton War
Joseph P. Martino
He had not oriented himself as yet to this new plane of existence.Hellhounds of the Cosmos
Clifford Donald Simak
If they are oriented in opposite directions, it is parahydrogen.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
He oriented the prayer carpet toward the southeast and stood at the end of it.The Saracen: The Holy War
It oriented the individual not only philosophically but socially as well.Government in Republican China
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
- the countries east of the Mediterranean
- the eastern hemisphere
- mainly poetic eastern
- archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising
- to adjust or align (oneself or something else) according to surroundings or circumstances
- (tr) to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass or other specific directions
- (tr) to set or build (a church) in an easterly direction
Word Origin and History for oriented
"having an orientation," 1918, past participle adjective from orient (v.)
c.1300, "the East" (originally usually meaning what is now called the Middle East), from Old French orient "east" (11c.), from Latin orientem (nominative oriens) "the rising sun, the east, part of the sky where the sun rises," originally "rising" (adj.), present participle of oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The Orient Express was a train that ran from Paris to Istanbul via Vienna 1883-1961, from the start associated with espionage and intrigue.
c.1727, originally "to arrange facing east," from French s'orienter "to take one's bearings," literally "to face the east" (also the source of German orientierung), from Old French orient "east," from Latin orientum (see Orient (n.)). Extended meaning "determine bearings" first attested 1842; figurative sense is from 1850. Related: Oriented; orienting.
- To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.
- To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.
- To make familiar with or adjusted to facts, principles, or a situation.