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Definition of "orientation" []

  • The act of orienting or the state of being oriented. (noun)
  • Location or position relative to the points of the compass. (noun)
  • The construction of a church so that its longitudinal axis has an east-west direction with the main altar usually at the eastern end. (noun)
  • The direction followed in the course of a trend, movement, or development. (noun)
  • A tendency of thought; a general inclination: a Marxist orientation. (noun)
  • The act or process of orienting or the state of being oriented (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Position or positioning with relation to the points of the compass or other specific directions (noun)
  • The adjustment or alignment of oneself or one's ideas to surroundings or circumstances (noun)
  • A course, programme, lecture, etc, introducing a new situation or environment (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The knowledge of one's own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life (noun)
  • Basic beliefs or preferences (noun)
  • The change in position of the whole or part of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light (noun)
  • The relative dispositions of atoms, ions, or groups in molecules or crystals (noun)
  • The siting of a church on an east-west axis, usually with the altar at the E end (noun)

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Use "orientation" in a sentence
  • "Change the label orientation to view instead of object and drop the arrow and you should be able to get the results you want."
  • "Perhaps someone who has seen what this orientation is and fled screaming from the campus before it took root might be able to offer something in the comments."
  • "Quoth Barb: That his orientation is and always has been primarily toward men?"