Definitions of orientation

  1. position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
  2. a course introducing a new situation or environment
  3. the act of orienting
  4. a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
  5. a predisposition in favor of something; " a predilection for expensive cars"; " his sexual preferences"; " showed a Marxist orientation"
  6. an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
  7. The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
  8. The tendency of a revolving body, when suspended in a certain way, to bring the axis of rotation into parallelism with the earth's axis.
  9. An aspect or fronting to the east; especially ( Arch.), the placing of a church so that the chancel, containing the altar toward which the congregation fronts in worship, will be on the east end.
  10. Fig.: A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement.
  11. Awareness of oneself in relation to time, place and person.
  12. The finding of the east point so as to get one's bearings; eastward position; the placing of a church so that the altar shall be toward the east; the facing toward the east in worship.
  13. 1. The act of finding one's way; the determination of one's relation to external objects, or one's position in relation to new environments or new ideas or concepts. 2. The relative positions of the substitutions in the benzene ring.
  14. Eastward position or attitude; determination of east, west, & c.
  15. The process of determining the east point in taking bearings; the placing towards the east, as the altar of a church.
  16. The alteration in position shown by various protoplasmic bodies in the cell under various stimuli.

Usage examples for orientation

  1. Dense tropical forests, almost impenetrable to the eye, closed in upon the road, and when the sea- breeze was cut off and the sun stood vertically overhead, we lost all means of orientation and could hardly guess in what direction we were going. – Campaigning in Cuba by George Kennan
  2. 21. Orientation of Wood Samples. – Seasoning of Wood by Joseph B. Wagner
  3. Dr. Longstaff uses the term orientation for this adjustment of the butterfly to the sun's rays and he finds it is a very general habit, especially with the Angle- wings, for the butterfly thus to orient itself after alighting, in such a way that the hind end of the body points toward the sun. – Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
  4. Because of the differing background and orientation of those of us who attempted this project, two approaches were adopted. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  5. Many great free spirits there have been who possess this orientation of the race and have brought us tidings of the promised land. – An Anarchist Woman by Hutchins Hapgood
  6. Slowly, imperceptibly, the orientation of the planet has changed. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  7. Although this area has trend lines of the same type and orientation it includes mountains that are associated more closely with the systems in the central part of the country. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  8. Social studies; an orientation handbook for high school pupils. – U.S. Copyright Renewals, 1962 July - December by U.S. Copyright Office
  9. This becomes, then, one of the fixed points in our orientation – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  10. Ghondati quite saw that " this fact was producing a steady and permanent orientation of Russian opinion towards England, which, if cultivated by British statesmanship, would eventually give my country everything she required, while those whose help was always surrounded with conditions would have great difficulty to retain the advantages they secured only under the pressure of circumstances." – With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia by John Ward
  11. On being questioned concerning orientation says: " My back, church, the book", " they are burning me up." – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  12. He started along the corridor, trying to figure out its orientation in relation to that all- important nerve center. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  13. In 1842- 1843 the crossed cannon were replaced by the engineer castle as more in keeping with the original mission of the Academy and the general orientation of its curriculum. – American Military Insignia 1800-1851 by J. Duncan Campbell
  14. After you see Dr. Van de Vliet- and assuming you're admitted- there'll be an orientation and then you're welcome to begin participating fully in our activities. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  15. No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude of orientation is what the pragmatic method means. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  16. Moreover, it was a matter of common knowledge that King Carol would never tolerate any radical change in the political orientation of the kingdom. – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  17. They went first to the coast; for their migration, led by the infallible sense of orientation which is subconscious knowledge, takes place chiefly in the night- in darkness. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  18. Dr. Budge has also written upon the subject of the orientation of the Jebel Barkal and Nure pyramids. – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
  19. To that empire his just and statesmanlike policy brought a new sense of confidence and therefore a time of comparative rest, until the threatening orientation of Bonaparte's plans once more placed everything at hazard. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  20. They failed to understand that Central Europe was ripe for a new orientation though there were sufficient indications to point out the way. – From a Terrace in Prague by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker