orienteering

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So the key transition may have happened much earlier, when people abandoned hunting and gathering, a lifestyle in which odors are a powerful orienteering tool. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 There have been plenty of top athletes who have gotten into orienteering — for example, former Olympic skier Bill Spencer was in attendance Wednesday. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Growing up in Hong Kong, Ms. Chow read martial-arts novels and loved orienteering. Wenxin Fan And Elaine Yu, WSJ, 25 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

modification of Swedish orientering, from orientera to orient

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orienteering was in 1948

Dictionary Entries Near orienteering

Cite this Entry

“Orienteering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orienteering. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

orienteering

noun
ori·​en·​teer·​ing ˌȯr-ē-ən-ˈtir-iŋ How to pronounce orienteering (audio)
: a competitive or noncompetitive recreational activity in which participants find their way over an unfamiliar course (as in the woods) using a map and compass

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