What does orient mean?

Definitions for orient
ˈɔr i ənt, -iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-; ˈɔr iˌɛnt, ˈoʊr-ori·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. East, Orientnoun

    the countries of Asia

  2. eastern hemisphere, orientverb

    the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia

  3. orient, pointverb

    be oriented

    "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"

  4. orient, orientateverb

    determine one's position with reference to another point

    "We had to orient ourselves in the forest"

  5. orientverb

    cause to point

    "Orient the house towards the West"

  6. orientverb

    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances

    "The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen"

  7. tailor, orientverb

    adjust to a specific need or market

    "a magazine oriented towards young people"; "tailor your needs to your surroundings"


  1. Orientverb

    Hence: To acquaint with new surroundings or a new situation.


  1. orientverb

    To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.

    Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.

  2. orientverb

    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.

  3. orientverb

    To point at or direct towards.

    I will orient all of the signs to face the road.

  4. orientverb

    To determine which direction one is facing.

    Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.

  5. orientverb

    To place or build so as to face eastward.

  6. orientverb

    To change direction so as to face east.

  7. orientverb

    To change direction to face a certain way.

  8. Orientnoun

    Countries of Asia, especially East Asia.

  9. Orientnoun

    Countries east of the Mediterranean.

  10. Etymology: From orient, from orient, from oriens, present participle of oriri.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORIENTadjective

    Etymology: oriens, Latin.

    Moon that now meet’st the orient sun, now fly’st
    With the fix’d stars. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    When fair morn orient in heav’n appear’d. John Milton.

    The liquid drops of tears that you have shed,
    Shall come again transform’d to orient pearl;
    Advantaging their loan with interest,
    Oftentimes double gain of happiness. William Shakespeare.

    There do breed yearly an innumerable company of gnats, whose property is to fly unto the eye of the lion, as being a bright and orient thing. George Abbot, on the World.

    We have spoken of the cause of orient colours in birds; which is by the fineness of the strainer. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Morning light
    More orient in yon western cloud, that draws
    O’er the blue firmament a radiant white. John Milton.

    In thick shelter of black shades imbowr’d,
    He offers to each weary traveller
    His orient liquor in a crystal glass,
    To quench the drouth of Phœbus. John Milton.

    The chiefs about their necks the scutcheons wore,
    With orient pearls and jewels powder’d o’er. Dryden.

  2. Orientnoun

    The east; the part where the sun first appears.

    Etymology: orient, Fr.


  1. Orient

    The Orient is a term for the East in relation to Europe, traditionally comprising anything belonging to the Eastern world. It is the antonym of Occident, the Western World. In English, it is largely a metonym for, and coterminous with, the continent of Asia, loosely classified into the Western Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and sometimes including the Caucasus. Originally, the term Orient was used to designate only the Near East, and later its meaning evolved and expanded, designating also the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Far East. The term oriental is often used to describe objects from the Orient.


  1. orient

    To orient generally means to align or position something relative to the points of a compass, the directions of the landmarks, or another specified position. It can also mean to adjust or tailor something to particular circumstances, requirements, or a new situation. In a psychological sense, it refers to a person's ability to recognize one's own existence and environment.


  1. Orient

    Orient is a census-designated place in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, United States. The CDP's population was 743 at the 2010 census. Orient and Orient Point are used almost interchangeably. However, Orient Point refers specifically to the physical point at the end of the North Fork of Long Island, while Orient is the hamlet in which the point is located.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orient

    ō′ri-ent, adj. rising, as the sun: eastern: bright or pure in colour.—n. the part where the sun rises: the east, or the countries of the east: purity of lustre, as in a pearl.—v.t. to set so as to face the east: to build, as a church, with its length from east to west.—adj. Orien′tal, eastern: pertaining to, in, or from the east.—n. a native of the east.—v.t. Orien′talise.—ns. Orien′talism, an eastern word, expression, or custom; Orien′talist, one versed in the eastern languages: an oriental; Oriental′ity.—v.t. and v.i. Orien′tāte.—ns. Orientā′tion, the act of turning or state of being turned toward the east, the process of determining the east in taking bearings: the situation of a building relative to the points of the compass: the act of making clear one's position in some matter: the homing instinct, as in pigeons; O′rientātor, an instrument for orientating. [L. oriens, -entis, pr.p. of orīri, to rise.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. orient

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. orient

    The east point of the compass.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. orient

    The east or eastern part of the horizon. In surveying, to orient a plan signifies to make its situation or bearing with respect to the four cardinal points.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Orient is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Orient surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Orient.

    93.8% or 121 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for orient »

  1. trione

  2. tonier

  3. norite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of orient in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick:

    The key for (us in) China is to move fast, if we launch in the U.S. and then it gets copied in China, we'll be behind. So we're starting to orient some of our innovation at China first.

  2. Krister Smith:

    It’s important to recognize that there’s nothing mystical about the pineal and parapineal organs, they can sense light and play a role in the endocrine system. However, some of the abilities conferred by the pineal are really quite extraordinary. For instance, some lower vertebrates can sense the polarization of light with the third eye and use this to orient themselves geographically.

  3. Huda Akil:

    When Robert [King] tells you that he gets disoriented physically, I can tell him that people who are chronically depressed have a shrunken hippocampus, and that that affects your ability to orient in space, in 3D.

  4. Markus Buehler:

    Spiders have very keen vibrational sensors, they use vibrations as a way to orient themselves, to communicate with other spiders and so the idea of thinking literally like a spider would experience the world was something that was very obvious to us as spider material scientists.

  5. Peace Council:

    This diverse committee of activists provides grassroots education and generates political pressure needed to re-orient US policy toward a just peace in the Middle East.

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