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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"


[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 the sky soared the German airships like beings in a different, entirely more orderly world, all oriented to the same angle of the horizon, uniform in build and appearance, moving accurately with one purpose as a pack of wolves will move, distributed with the most precise and effectual co-operation.
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But when inventor and entrepreneur Ted Coburn, an undisputed master of oriented films, leaves a company or sells a business, he leaves his patents and inventions behind.
If short fibers in a rubber compound are oriented, the rubber compound developed an anisotropic property, consequently, it becomes possible to improve the modulus in the direction of short fibers only.
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The intensity of the fluorescence reflects the degree to which all of the molecules share the same orientation, and the position of the spectral lines creates a spectroscopic signature for the oriented molecules, report Friedrich and Herschbach in the Oct.
Blown film also starts with an inherent degree of biaxial orientation, so when strength is needed in an oriented film product, blown film may be the better choice.
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