Definition of Orientation

1. Noun. The act of orienting.

2. Noun. An integrated set of attitudes and beliefs.

3. Noun. Position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions.
Generic synonyms: Direction
Specialized synonyms: Attitude, Horizontal, Vertical, Quarter
Attributes: Horizontal, Perpendicular, Vertical, Inclined

4. Noun. A predisposition in favor of something. "Showed a Marxist orientation"
Exact synonyms: Predilection, Preference
Generic synonyms: Predisposition
Derivative terms: Prefer, Preferent, Preferential

5. Noun. A person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships.
Generic synonyms: Self-awareness

6. Noun. A course introducing a new situation or environment.

Definition of Orientation

1. n. The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.

Definition of Orientation

1. Noun. The act of orienting or the state of being oriented. ¹

2. Noun. A position relative to compass bearings ¹

3. Noun. The construction of a Christian church to have its aisle in an east-west direction with the altar at the east end ¹

4. Noun. An inclination, tendency or direction ¹

5. Noun. The ability to orient ¹

6. Noun. An adjustment to a new environment ¹

7. Noun. An introduction to a (new) environment ¹

8. Noun. (context: typography countable) The direction of print across the page; landscape or portrait ¹

9. Noun. (context: mathematics countable) The choice of which ordered bases are "positively" oriented and which are "negatively" oriented on a real vector space ¹

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Definition of Orientation

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Medical Definition of Orientation

1. Awareness of one's environment, with reference to person, time and place. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Orientation

orientating response
orientation (current term)
orientation chamber
orientation course

Literary usage of Orientation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches & Criminal Justice Strategies by Christine Smith, Kerry Healey, Chris O'Sullivan (1999)
"orientation Established programs have adapted their interventions over the ... New clients meet together for one or more orientation sessions during which ..."

2. Site Planning for Solar Access: A Guidebook for Residential Developers and by Duncan Erley, Martin Jaffe (1997)
"Building orientation, as we shall see, can be an important site planning ... But orientation also depends on the type of solar energy system being used and ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1889)
"We have next to study the introduction of orientation into this type of rock. Now orientation, as shown in the altered rocks of Anglesey, ..."

4. The Metallography of Steel and Cast Iron by Henry Marion Howe (1916)
"Parallel Neumann Lamellae have Identical Internal orientation.— By their "internal orientation" I mean the orientation of the constituent particles of any ..."

5. Maya City Planning and the Calendar by Anthony F. Aveni, Horst Hartung (1986)
"A RECAPITULATION: THE orientation CALENDAR IN A CULTURAL CONTEXT Modern scientific relativists are not the first individuals in the com of human history who ..."

6. Introduction to the Study of Minerals: A Combined Textbook and Pocket Manual by Austin Flint Rogers (1912)
"There are the following six possibilities in the orientation ... There are two ways of determining the orientation, one by testing for the faster and slower ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"These lines, even though the glass is thoroughly coated with a glycerin film, will come away with the paraffin block and may be used as orientation lines. ..."

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