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o·ri·en·ta·tion

 (ôr′ē-ĕn-tā′shən, -ən-)
n.
1. The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
2. Location or position relative to the points of the compass.
3. The construction of a church so that its longitudinal axis has an east-west direction with the main altar usually at the eastern end.
4. The direction followed in the course of a trend, movement, or development.
5. A tendency of thought; a general inclination: a Marxist orientation.
6. Sexual orientation.
7.
a. An adjustment or adaptation to a new environment, situation, custom, or set of ideas.
b. Introductory instruction concerning a new situation: orientation for incoming students.
8. Psychology Awareness of the objective world in relation to one's self.

orientation

(ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of orienting or the state of being oriented
2. (Navigation) position or positioning with relation to the points of the compass or other specific directions
3. the adjustment or alignment of oneself or one's ideas to surroundings or circumstances
4. (Education) chiefly
a. a course, programme, lecture, etc, introducing a new situation or environment
b. (as modifier): an orientation talk.
5. (Psychology) psychol the knowledge of one's own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life
6. basic beliefs or preferences: sexual orientation.
7. (Biology) biology the change in position of the whole or part of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light
8. (Chemistry) chem the relative dispositions of atoms, ions, or groups in molecules or crystals
9. (Architecture) the siting of a church on an east-west axis, usually with the altar at the E end
ˌorienˈtational adj

o•ri•en•ta•tion

(ˌɔr 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.
5. position in relation to true north, to points on the compass, or to a specific place or object.
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.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.orientation - the act of orienting
locating, positioning, emplacement, location, placement, position - the act of putting something in a certain place
2.orientation - an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
wavelength - a shared orientation leading to mutual understanding; "they are on the same wavelength"
experimentalism - an orientation that favors experimentation and innovation; "the children of psychologists are often raised in an atmosphere of experimentalism"
reorientation - a fresh orientation; a changed set of attitudes and beliefs
perspective, view, position - a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"
orthodoxy - a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
heresy, heterodoxy, unorthodoxy - any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
religious orientation - an attitude toward religion or religious practices
3.orientation - position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
direction - the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
attitude - position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
horizontal - something that is oriented horizontally
vertical - something that is oriented vertically
quarter - one of the four major division of the compass; "the wind is coming from that quarter"
4.orientation - a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
predisposition - an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
5.orientation - a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
self-awareness - awareness of your own individuality
6.orientation - a course introducing a new situation or environment
course, course of instruction, course of study, class - education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"

orientation

noun
1. inclination, tendency, bias, leaning, bent, disposition, predisposition, predilection, proclivity, partiality, turn of mind The party is liberal and democratic in orientation.
2. induction, introduction, breaking in, adjustment, settling in, adaptation, initiation, assimilation, familiarization, acclimatization the company's policy on recruiting and orientation
3. position, situation, location, site, bearings, direction, arrangement, whereabouts, disposition, coordination The orientation of the church is such that the front faces the square.

orientation

noun
One's place and direction relative to one's surroundings:
bearing (often used in plural), location, position, situation.
Translations
الإتِّجاه نَحو الشَّرْق، تَكَيُّف
orientering
betájolásirányorientációtájékozódástájolás
áttun; òaî aî ná áttum
yönelim

orientation

[ˌɔːrɪenˈteɪʃən]
A. Norientación f
B. CPD orientation course Ncurso m de orientación

orientation

[ˌɔːriənˈteɪʃən] n [organization, country] → orientation f
The movement is liberal and social democratic in orientation → Le mouvement est d'orientation libérale et sociale-démocrate.
[person] (sexual, political, religious)orientation f
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation → la discrimination sur la base de l'orientation sexuelle
(= induction) → orientation f, stage m d'accueil orientation courseorientation course nséance f d'information

orientation

n
(= getting one’s bearing)Orientierung f; (fig)Ausrichtung f, → Orientierung f
(= position, direction) (lit: of boat, spaceship etc) → Kurs m; (fig)Orientierung f; (= attitude)Einstellung f(towards zu); (Comput: for printing) → Ausrichtung f; (= leaning)Ausrichtung f (→ towards auf +acc); sexual orientationsexuelle Orientierung

orientation

[ˌɔːrɪənˈteɪʃn] norientamento

orientate

(ˈoːriənteit) (American) orient (ˈoːriənt) verb
1. to get (oneself) used to unfamiliar surroundings, conditions etc.
2. to find out one's position in relation to something else. The hikers tried to orientate themselves before continuing their walk.
ˌorienˈtation noun

or·i·en·ta·tion

n. orientación, dirección.

orientation

n orientación f; sexual — orientación sexual
References in classic literature ?
In the orientation of the winds that rule the seas, the north and south directions are of no importance.
He looked about him in a vain effort at orientation.
He was seeking a new orientation, and until that was found his life must stand still.
In short, when all things were considered, he had to achieve an orientation far vaster than the one he had achieved at the time he came voluntarily in from the Wild and accepted Grey Beaver as his lord.
Yet again, in this new orientation, it was the thumb of circumstance that pressed and prodded him, softening that which had become hard and remoulding it into fairer form.
Individuals higher in task orientation define success in self-referenced terms such as improvement, effort, and mastering skills.
Organizations should understand that orientation shouldn't be a one-time affair but a continuous process involving follow-up and feedback.
Characteristics of a Successful Orientation Process
Various experimental techniques have been used to study molecular orientation distributions in polymers, including confocal laser microscopy (5), nuclear magnetic resonance (6), fluorescence spectroscopy (7), and Raman spectroscopy (8), Among candidate techniques, X-ray scattering has proven to be effective in studying detailed molecular orientation distributions in molded samples (2), (3), (9), (10).
With attrition a major obstacle in many online programs, a well-organized, face-to-face orientation program may help improve student retention rates and success in online nursing programs.
The fibre orientation is important, because the fibres aligned in the direction of major stresses carry more load than fibres perpendicular to this direction.