Definition of orienteering
: a competitive or noncompetitive recreational activity in which participants use a map and compass to navigate between checkpoints along an unfamiliar course (as in the woods)
Recent Examples of orienteering from the Web
The Epic Adventure races (Cadillac, July 28-30, miadventurerace.com) offers a series of team races that are between 6 and 20 hours, featuring kayaking, mountain biking, trail running and orienteering.
Geography Day Learn about orienteering, GIS and mapmaking.
His fitness regime, involving orienteering, marathon running, weight training and yoga would be enough to tax the physical capacity of a person half his age.
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Origin and Etymology of orienteering
modification of Swedish orientering, from orientera to orient
First Known Use: 1948See Words from the same year
ORIENTEERING Defined for English Language Learners
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
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