ori·​en·​teer·​ing | \ ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir-iŋ How to pronounce orienteering (audio) , -ˌen- \

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)

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Recent Examples on the Web The research team confirmed the use of this tactic in both an amoeba and a mammalian cell line, suggesting a commonality among cells engaged in long-distance orienteering. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cells Solve an English Hedge Maze with the Same Skills They Use to Traverse the Body," 28 Aug. 2020 For today’s hunters and anglers, the GPS has become an omnipresent tool not only for orienteering, but for finding access to public lands and waters in the first place. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "MAPLand Act Would Move Public Land Access into the Digital Age (and Make it Easier to Find Hunting Spots)," 17 Mar. 2020 The first exercise of the summer Probatoire, an orienteering test, was put together by Elodie Le Comte, one of a handful of women on the school’s staff. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 The Chinese team was banned from taking part in the long-distance orienteering competition, according to the IOF. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese team disqualified for 'extensive cheating' at Military World Games," 24 Oct. 2019 Activities include fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and hunter safety. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 While the old army style with flip up cover is cool, a rectangular plastic orienteering compass with a spinning dial is your best bet. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Map and Compass," 19 July 2019 Activities available include campfires, hiking, arts & crafts, canoeing & kayaking, swimming, songs, orienteering and nature. Mónica Marie Zorilla, Philly.com, "45 affordable summer camps for kids," 5 June 2018 The direction of the race changes between loops as well, adding another level of difficulty and more orienteering. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of orienteering

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orienteering

modification of Swedish orientering, from orientera to orient

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The first known use of orienteering was in 1948

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“Orienteering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteering. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of orienteering

: 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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