Meaning of ORIENTATION in English


ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷_ən.ˈtāshən also -ˌen.- noun

( -s )


a. : the directing or placing of something so as to face the east ; especially : the building of a church or temple on an east-west axis with the chancel and main altar to the east

b. : the placing of a building in any determined relation to the points of the compass


a. : the act of determining one's bearings or settling one's sense of direction

witnessed the bee's momentary pause for orientation before it headed back to the hive

b. : the settling of a sense of direction or relationship in moral or social concerns or in thought or art

reflection conducive to the individual's intellectual and spiritual orientation — College English

America has quite a different orientation toward new music — Ernst Krenek

3. : choice or adjustment of associations, connections, or dispositions

development toward a money orientation — W.E.Moore

nations widely different in their political orientation — J.G.Colton

4. : introduction to an unfamiliar situation : guidance in experience or activity of a new kind

the orientation program set up for the benefit of new employes — Dun's Review

5. : the change of position exhibited by some protoplasmic bodies within the cell in relation to external influences (as light or heat) or in relation to one another


a. : the relative positions of atoms or groups in a chemical compound especially about a nucleus

b. : the determination of such positions — compare orient III 4

7. psychiatry : awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons

• ori·en·ta·tion·al | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷(ˌ) ̷ ̷|tāshən ə l, -shnəl adjective

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