- 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.
Origin of orienteering
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- a sport in which contestants race on foot over a course consisting of checkpoints found with the aid of a map and a compass
C20: from Swedish orientering; compare orient
Word Origin and History for orienteering
in reference to a competitive sport, 1948, from orient (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper