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Pronunciation:  `owreeen'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a course introducing a new situation or environment
  2. [n]  the act of orienting
  3. [n]  a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
  4. [n]  a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"
  5. [n]  an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
  6. [n]  position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

ORIENTATION is a 11 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: orientation course, predilection, preference
 See Also: attitude, attitude, class, course, course of instruction, course of study, direction, emplacement, experimentalism, heresy, heterodoxy, horizontal, ideology, locating, location, mental attitude, orthodoxy, perspective, placement, political orientation, political theory, position, position, positioning, predisposition, quarter, religious orientation, reorientation, self-awareness, unorthodoxy, vertical, view, wavelength



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\O`ri*en*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. orientation.]
1. The act or process of orientating; determination of the
   points of the compass, or the east point, in taking

2. The tendency of a revolving body, when suspended in a
   certain way, to bring the axis of rotation into
   parallelism with the earth's axis.

3. An aspect or fronting to the east; especially (Arch.), the
   placing of a church so that the chancel, containing the
   altar toward which the congregation fronts in worship,
   will be on the east end.

4. Fig.: A return to first principles; an orderly

         The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter.
                                               --L. F. Ward.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An organism's position relative to the direction of stream flow.
Thesaurus Terms
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