Definitions for orientˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
o•ri•entˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-(n., adj.; v.; adj.)
(n.)the Orient, the countries of Asia, esp. East Asia. (formerly) the countries to the E of the Mediterranean.
Category: Geography (places)
an orient pearl. the iridescent luster of a pearl or of mother-of-pearl.
the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world.
(v.t.)to adjust or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.
to familiarize with new surroundings or circumstances:
lectures to orient visitors.
to place in a position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations:
to orient a building north and south.
to direct or position toward a particular object.
to determine the position of in relation to the points of the compass; get the bearings of.
to place so as to face the east, esp. to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.
to set (the horizontal circle of a surveying instrument) so that readings give correct azimuths.
(adj.)(of a gem or pearl) exceptionally fine and lustrous.
the orient sun.
Origin of orient:
1350–1400; ME < MF < L orient- (s. of oriēns) the east, sunrise, n. use of prp. of orīrī to rise
the countries of Asia
eastern hemisphere, orient(verb)
the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
"The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
determine one's position with reference to another point
"We had to orient ourselves in the forest"
cause to point
"Orient the house towards the West"
familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
"The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen"
adjust to a specific need or market
"a magazine oriented towards young people"; "tailor your needs to your surroundings"
To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.
Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.
To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group.
We will orient our campaign to the youth who are often disinterested.
To point at or direct towards.
I will orient all of the signs to face the road.
To determine which direction one is facing.
Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.
To place or build so as to face eastward.
To change direction so as to face east.
To change direction to face a certain way.
Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.
Countries east of the Mediterranean.
Origin: From orient, from orient, from oriens, present participle of oriri.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The subconscious part of the Occident. 2. The cradle of all infamies and all wisdom. 3. A place where God and the house have an esoteric meaning.
Translations for orient
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the east (China, Japan etc)
the mysteries of the Orient.
- die Ooste, OriëntAfrikaans
- orientePortuguese (BR)
- der OrientGerman
- אַרצוֹת הַמִזרָחHebrew
- Daleki IstokCroatian
- Austurlönd fjærIcelandic
- (uzak) doğuTurkish
- 東方Chinese (Trad.)
- Схід; країни СходуUkrainian
- phương ĐôngVietnamese
- 东方Chinese (Simp.)
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