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 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 The Trolley Bed Preserve will be the site on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. of an outing geared toward orienteering, or finding the way using a map and compass. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Connecticut Trails Day Hosts Hundreds Of Free Outdoor Activities," 15 May 2018 Starting in sixth grade, students can join the clubs to compete in shooting events, archery and orienteering. Collin Binkley And Meghan Hoyer, idahostatesman, "NRA gave money to Idaho schools, 4-H clubs, other youth groups | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Orienteering.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteering. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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