- the countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
- (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.
- an orient pearl.
- the iridescence of a pearl.
verb (used with object) Also especially British, orientate.
verb (used without object) Also especially British, orientate.
- oriel window,
- orient express,
- oriental alabaster,
- oriental almandine,
- oriental beetle
Origin of orient
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.
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|Joel Kotkin|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The dolmens were not oriented according to any fixed system.Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders|T. Eric Peet
He oriented the prayer carpet toward the southeast and stood at the end of it.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
I think I have oriented myself without having the reporter read and may I proceed, Mr. Chairman?Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The board is said to be oriented when the needle is parallel to the sides of the compass trough of the drawing board, Fig 2.Manual of Military Training|James A. Moss
Using the rays filtering through the murk as a guide, he oriented himself.The Flying Stingaree|Harold Leland Goodwin
noun the Orient
Word Origin for orient
"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.