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orienteering

[awr-ee-en-teer-ing, ohr-]
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noun
  1. a competitive sport, originating in Sweden, that tests the skills of map reading and cross-country running, in which competitors race through an unknown area to find various checkpoints by using only a compass and topographical map, the winner being the finisher with the lowest elapsed time.
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Origin of orienteering

alteration of Swedish orientering (conformed to -eer), equivalent to orienter(a) orient (v.) + -ing -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for orienteering

orienteering

noun
  1. a sport in which contestants race on foot over a course consisting of checkpoints found with the aid of a map and a compass
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Word Origin

C20: from Swedish orientering; compare orient
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Word Origin and History for orienteering

in reference to a competitive sport, 1948, from orient (v.).

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