noun \ˌr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌen-\

: a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs

: a main interest, quality, or goal

: the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc.

Full Definition of ORIENTATION

a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented
b :  the state of being oriented; broadly :  arrangement, alignment
a :  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest
b :  a person's self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual <sexual orientation>
:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
ori·en·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
ori·en·ta·tion·al·ly adverb


  1. patients identifying themselves as homosexual or bisexual in orientation
  2. He makes no secret of his orientation.
  3. The organization has a decidedly conservative orientation.
  4. Her later works were more introspective in orientation.
  5. These materials are used for the orientation of new employees.
  6. New students need to go through a short orientation before they begin classes.

First Known Use of ORIENTATION




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noun \ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, ˌr-, -ˌen-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORIENTATION

a : the act or process of orienting or of being oriented b : the state of being oriented
: a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest—see sexual orientation
: change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus
: awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons <psychological orientation>
ori·en·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
ori·en·ta·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In architecture, the position of a building on its site. In Mesopotamia and Egypt, as well as in pre-Columbian Central America, a building's important features, such as entrances and passages, faced the rising sun. Mosques are oriented so that the mihrab faces Mecca. Christian churches have usually been oriented with the apse or altar at the eastern end. Orientation is frequently planned to take maximum advantage of daily and seasonal variations of sunlight. A structure's optimal orientation is usually a compromise between its function, location, and the prevailing environmental factors of solar radiation, light, humidity, and wind that make up the site's microclimate.


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