Definitions for orientationˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ri•en•ta•tionˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-(n.)

  1. the act or process of orienting.

  2. the state of being oriented.

  3. an introductory program to guide a person in adjusting to new surroundings, employment, or the like.

  4. the ability to locate oneself in one's environment with reference to time, place, and people.

    Category: Psychology

  5. position in relation to true north, to points on the compass, or to a specific place or object.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. the ascertainment of one's true position, as in a novel situation.

  7. the general direction or tendency of one's approach, thoughts, etc.

  8. the relative positions of certain atoms or groups.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. orientation(noun)

    the act of orienting

  2. orientation(noun)

    an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs

  3. orientation(noun)

    position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

  4. predilection, preference, orientation(noun)

    a predisposition in favor of something

    "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"

  5. orientation(noun)

    a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships

  6. orientation course, orientation(noun)

    a course introducing a new situation or environment

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. orientation(noun)ˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-

    the strong sense sb has about who they are or what they believe

    sexual/religious orientation

  2. orientationˌɔr i ənˈteɪ ʃən, -ɛn-, ˌoʊr-

    information or training given to sb in a new situation, job, etc.

    our new student orientation program


  1. orientation(Noun)

    The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.

  2. orientation(Noun)

    A position relative to compass bearings

  3. orientation(Noun)

    The construction of a Christian church to have its aisle in an east-west direction with the altar at the east end

  4. orientation(Noun)

    An inclination, tendency or direction

  5. orientation(Noun)

    The ability to orient

  6. orientation(Noun)

    An adjustment to a new environment

  7. orientation(Noun)

    An introduction to a (new) environment

  8. orientation(Noun)

    The direction of print across the page; landscape or portrait

  9. orientation(Noun)

    The choice of which ordered bases are "positively" oriented and which are "negatively" oriented on a real vector space


  1. Orientation

    "Orientation" is the third episode of the second season of Lost and the 28th episode overall. The episode was directed by Jack Bender, and written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Craig Wright. It first aired on October 5, 2005 on ABC. Jack Shephard, John Locke and Kate Austen learn about the mysterious hatch from Desmond Hume. On the other side of the island, Michael Dawson, James "Sawyer" Ford and Jin-Soo Kwon are imprisoned by people they believe to be the "Others."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Orientation

    Awareness of oneself in relation to time, place and person.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'orientation' in Nouns Frequency: #2697

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