Definitions for orienteeringˌɔr i ɛnˈtɪər ɪŋ, ˌoʊr-
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o•ri•en•teer•ingˌɔr i ɛnˈtɪər ɪŋ, ˌoʊr-(n.)
a sport in which competitors navigate unfamiliar terrain and locate checkpoints with the aid of a map and compass.
Origin of orienteering:
1945–50; alter. of Sw orientering
racing across unfamiliar countryside using a map and compass
Origin: From orientering.
Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but basically any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation using a map is a type of orienteering. Orienteering is included in the programs of world sporting events including the World Games and World Police and Fire Games.
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