orienteering

play
noun ori·en·teer·ing \ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir-iŋ, -ˌen-\

Definition of orienteering

  1. :  a cross-country race in which each participant uses a map and compass to navigate between checkpoints along an unfamiliar course

Origin and Etymology of orienteering

modification of Swedish orientering, from orientera to orient


First Known Use: 1948


ORIENTEERING Defined for English Language Learners

orienteering

play
noun ori·en·teer·ing \ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir-iŋ, -ˌen-\

Definition of orienteering for English Language Learners

  • : a sport in which people use a map and a compass to travel along a route they do not know as quickly as possible


Learn More about orienteering


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up orienteering? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to search out and expose misconduct

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ