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)

Examples of orienteering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breckenridge is home to some of the longest and most rollicking backcountry rides in North America, but figuring them out on your own can be a lesson in orienteering. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2019 Though a wonderful place for orienteering, Wales has not historically been a bastion of hipness. Richard Godwin, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2022 The Gargoyle King is actually really good at orienteering. Maggie Olmsted, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 Experience in orienteering helps, because any approach requires an overland hike. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 Allan Spangler out navigated nearly two dozen others to win a sprint orienteering meet Wednesday on a course set up on the UAA campus. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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“Orienteering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteering. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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