- 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.
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Origin of orient
OTHER WORDS FROM oriento·ri·ent·er, nounself-o·ri·ent·ed, adjectivewell-o·ri·ent·ed, adjective
Words nearby orient
Example sentences from the Web for orienting
I spent hours shaking hands, completing paperwork, situating equipment, and orienting myself.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Orienting himself he found he was gripping a brace of the open-mounted motor on one of the Waste Disposal Cylinders.Far from Home|J.A. Taylor
There was no standardized method of orienting oneself in a city.Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett
He stood for a moment, orienting himself with the tower the center of his calculations.Quest of the Golden Ape|Ivar Jorgensen
This leads to neutralisation, the organ placing itself at right angles to the orienting stimulus.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
More trivial systems, like those used in orienting troops in the desert, are a matter of routine.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin