- 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.
Origin of orient
Synonyms for orient
Related Words for orientingconform, align, adjust, adapt, locate, direct, acclimatize, turn, determine, orientate
Examples from the Web for orienting
Contemporary Examples of 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
May 1, 2014
Historical Examples of orienting
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
Orienting himself he found he was gripping a brace of the open-mounted motor on one of the Waste Disposal Cylinders.Far from Home
More trivial systems, like those used in orienting troops in the desert, are a matter of routine.The Civilization of Illiteracy
A sketcher at an unknown point may locate himself from two visible known points by setting up and orienting his sketching board.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
noun the Orient
Word Origin for orient
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.