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 (ôr′ē-ənt, -ĕnt′)
1. Orient The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.
a. The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality.
b. A pearl having exceptional luster.
3. Archaic The place on the horizon where the sun rises; the east.
1. Having exceptional luster: orient gemstones.
2. Archaic Eastern; oriental.
tr.v. (ôr′ē-ĕnt′) or·i·ent·ed, or·i·ent·ing, or·i·ents
a. To align or position in a particular direction or in a particular relation to the points of the compass: orient the swimming pool north and south; oriented the telescope toward the moon.
b. To build (a church) with the nave laid out in an east-west direction and the main altar usually at the eastern end.
2. To determine the bearings of (oneself); cause (one) to know one's position in relation to the surroundings: oriented himself by the neon sign on top of the building.
3. To make familiar with a new situation: events to help students get oriented to life on campus.
4. To provide with a primary purpose or focus of attention: a medical system that is oriented toward the prevention of disease.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oriēns, orient-, rising sun, east, from present participle of orīrī, to arise, be born; see er- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.oriented - adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination; "the house had its large windows oriented toward the ocean view"; "helping freshmen become oriented to college life"; "the book is value-oriented throughout"
orientating, orienting - positioning with respect to a reference system or determining your bearings physically or intellectually; "noticed the bee's momentary orienting pause before heading back to the hive"; "an orienting program for new employees"
unoriented - not having position or goal definitely set or ascertained; "engaged in unoriented study"; "unoriented until she looked at the map"
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[ˈɔːriɛntɪd] orientated [ˈɔːriənteɪtɪd] adj
to be oriented to sth [person] → être orienté vers qch
to be oriented towards sth [thing] → être axé sur qch
(following an adverb) politically oriented → orienté politiquement
religiously oriented → à orientation religieuse
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In this setting we may rephrase the Nakayama and Nishimura's criterion for orientability as follows:
Maps can be seen as from polyhedra in origin to graphs in development through abstraction, he says, which is why algebraic graphs are much concerned with the present stage, He covers abstract graphs, abstract maps, duality, orientability, orientable maps, non-orientable maps, isomorphisms of maps, assymetrization, asymmetrized petal bundles, asymmetrized maps, maps within symmetry, genus polynomials, census with partitions, equations with partitions, upper maps of a graph, genera of a graph, isogemial graphs, and surface embeddability.
Topology deals with surfaces and their properties, their boundedness, orientability, decomposition, and connectivity--that is, sets of properties that retain their relationships under processes of transformation.
This assumption is analogous to the assumption of orientability that we have made above which is frequently made in differential geometric investigations.
Drummer, "Improvement of the filler orientability during injection molding of multi-polar SmCo-magnets by premagnetization," in Proceedings of the 2nd International Electric Drives Production Conference (EDPC '12), Nuremberg, Germany, October 2012.
([m.sub.4]) Orientability of the focus in the right half-plane.
Kopanja, "On the orientability of shapes," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol.
Given that five filtered alternative tourist spots [x.sub.i] (i = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) advance to be reviewed for acceptance, the corresponding investment criteria about exploitation feasibility of tourist spots could be constructed according to [69] from the following five aspects: variety ([g.sub.1]), orientability ([g.sub.2]), monopoly ([g.sub.3]), destructibility ([g.sub.4]), and novelty ([g.sub.5]).