orientation

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noun ori·en·ta·tion \ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌen-\

Definition of orientation

  1. 1a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented These materials are for the orientation of new employees.b :  the state of being oriented the orientation of the main altar of the church; broadly :  arrangement, alignment the orientation of molecules

  2. 2a :  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest the fundamentally human orientation of Greek art — Bruce Cole This company has a decidedly conservative orientation.b :  a person's self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual sexual orientation

  3. 3 :  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus The plant's orientation is toward light.

orientational

play \ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, -ˌen-\ adjective

orientationally

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Examples of orientation in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of orientation from the Web

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1839

First Known Use of orientation

1839


ORIENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

orientation

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Definition of orientation for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


Medical Dictionary

orientation

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noun ori·en·ta·tion \ˌōr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən, ˌȯr-, -ˌen-\

Medical Definition of orientation

  1. 1a:  the act or process of orienting or of being orientedb:  the state of being oriented

  2. 2:  a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest—see sexual orientation

  3. 3:  change of position by organs, organelles, or organisms in response to external stimulus

  4. 4:  awareness of the existing situation with reference to time, place, and identity of persons psychological orientation

orientational

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orientationally

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