Orient

Definitions

  • Oriental Butter-Making
    Oriental Butter-Making
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v orient adjust to a specific need or market "a magazine oriented towards young people","tailor your needs to your surroundings"
    • v orient familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances "The dean of students tries to orient the freshmen"
    • v orient determine one's position with reference to another point "We had to orient ourselves in the forest"
    • v orient cause to point "Orient the house towards the West"
    • v orient be oriented "The weather vane points North","the dancers toes pointed outward"
    • n orient the hemisphere that includes Eurasia and Africa and Australia
    • n Orient the countries of Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Singapore singing group by the name of "The Oriental Singers," sang non-stop for 74 hours and five minutes
    • Orient A pearl of great luster.
    • Orient Bright; lustrous; superior; pure; perfect; pellucid; -- used of gems and also figuratively, because the most perfect jewels are found in the East. "Pearls round and orient .""Orient gems.""Orient liquor in a crystal glass."
    • Orient Eastern; oriental. "The orient part."
    • Orient Fig.: To correct or set right by recurring to first principles; to arrange in order; to orientate.
    • Orient Rising, as the sun. "Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun."
    • Orient Same as Orientate, 2.
    • Orient The countries of Asia or the East. "Best built city throughout the Orient ."
    • Orient The part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning; the east. "Morn] came furrowing all the orient into gold."
    • Orient To acquaint with new surroundings or a new situation.
    • Orient To define the position of, in relation to the orient or east; hence, to ascertain the bearings of.
    • Orient (Surv) To place (a map or chart) so that its east side, north side, etc., lie toward the corresponding parts of the horizon;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The TV signals seen by New Jersey residents come almost exclusively from New York and Philadelphia, cities oriented to other states. New Jersey has less in the way of state media than any other state of its population.
    • orient Rising, as the sun; ascending; arising.
    • orient Eastern. Also oriental.
    • orient Resembling the dawn in brilliancy, brightness, or purity of coloring; bright; shining; pellucid; especially, as applied to pearls, of a delicate speckless texture, and clear, almost translucent, white color with subdued iridescence: opposed to occidental.
    • n orient The east; the part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning: opposed to Occident.
    • n orient [cap. or lowercase] With the definite article, the East; Eastern countries; specifically [capitalized], the region to the east and southeast of the leading states of Europe: a vague term, including Turkey, Persia, Egypt, India, etc.
    • n orient The peculiar luster of a pearl; a delicate speckless texture, with pellucid color and subdued iridescence, as in pearls of the first water.
    • n orient A pearl possessing such qualities; a pearl of the first water.
    • orient To define the position of in respect to the east; ascertain the position of relative to the points of the compass; hence, to find the bearings of, in general; figuratively, to adjust or correct by referring to first principles or recognized facts or truths; take one's proper bearings mentally.
    • orient To place or arrange so as to face the east — that is, with its length from west to east; specifically, of a church, to place so that the chief altar is at the east end — that is, to place with the long axis east and west, the apse being toward the east, and the chief entrance at the west end; or, of a corpse, to place with the feet toward the east.
    • orient Hence To place or arrange, as a building, in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass: as, the episcopal cathedral of New York will be oriented north and south.
    • orient In biology, to place (an organism) in a favorable position for study or description, or to treat it in reference to this position.
    • orient To place (a map or chart) in such a horizontal position that a line joining any two given points on the map shall be parallel to the line joining the corresponding points on the earth's surface; literally, to make the east direction on the map point toward the east.
    • orient An abbreviation of orientalist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first far eastern country to permit kissing in films was China. The first oriental screen kiss was bestowed on Miss Mamie Lee in the movie "Two Women in the House" (China, 1926).
    • adj Orient ō′ri-ent rising, as the sun: eastern: bright or pure in colour
    • n Orient the part where the sun rises: the east, or the countries of the east: purity of lustre, as in a pearl
    • v.t Orient to set so as to face the east: to build, as a church, with its length from east to west
    • n Orient a native of the east
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Quotations

  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.”
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    “Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.”
  • J. B. Priestley
    J. B. Priestley
    “Our trouble is that we drink too much tea. I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.”
  • Torley
    Torley
    “The world would be a much more logical, decision-oriented place if we renamed those breakfast waffles "Ergos".”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oriens, -entis, p. pr. of oriri, to rise. See Origin

Usage

In literature:

Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan (Yokohama), Journal of the American Oriental Society (New Haven).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The knowledge of these was long in travelling westward through the channels of Oriental commerce, by the way of Asia Minor.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
General summary of oriental education.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
When it remotely suggests emerald it is called "Oriental" emerald to denote that it is a corundum gem.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Both were surrounded by an Oriental environment.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
BACK OF ORIENTAL-STITCH SAMPLER.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
Reader, would you know the tale of the fair oriental of whom was born the sweet beauty of Wallulah?
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
The original Christian orientation is ignored, and the apses, in place of being lateral, are terminal.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
He is gradually reverting to the Oriental instinct.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In a matter of months he had welded the Orient into an unbeatable war-machine.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

Where she had been, the distant clime,
The orient realm their sceptre sways,
The poet's pen may paint and praise
Hereafter in his simple rhyme.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Three times the orient ray was seen
Above the East cliff mounting,
When GOLFRE sought the Cottage Grace
To share the honours of his race,
With treasures, beyond counting!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Lo! He comes, the Lord of glory,
Sin and sorrow scatt'ring far;
Lo! He comes, and at His presence,
Woe retires and wasting war.
Bow before Him;
Bow before yon orient Star!
"Advent of Christ" by John Bowring
The oriental Persian scenes,
The tropics with their bright sunbeams,
Could not compare.
And even Italy's soft'ning hills,
Pleasant dales and rippling rills,
Would stand aglare.
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Eastward, I deem: the sun and all good things
Are born to bless us of the Orient old."
"Westward, I deem: an untried ocean sings
Against that coast, 'New shores await the bold.'"
"Comrades" by Helen Gray Cone
And what shall I sing that can cheat you of smiles,
Ye heralds of peace from the Orient isles?
If only the Jubilee--Why did you wait?
You are welcome, but oh! you're a little too late!
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Delicately Oriental, but 'Practical'.
Marketers should consider distributing samples at teen-oriented clothing stores and using social networking sites to build interest in their brands.
No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity -- or because of their sexual orientation.
Plenty of museums these days have orientation videos.
Children forced to undergo electro-shock or even worse forms of "therapy" to rid themselves of their orientation.
Kaine Begins Orientation Soon For Senate Seat.
What he doesn't have is a taste for is his daughter's sexual orientation.
Since college, Brooklyn-based activist Josh Fox, 39, had run a politically oriented theater company.
The clinic director denies they try to change sexual orientation.
"Germanfest is very family-oriented," said Adrian.
Blues center Lars Eller during a Blues pro orientation camp at the Ice Zone at the St Louis Mills Mall in St Louis, Mo.
Not all shops, however, want or need the pallet-changing capabilities of a production-oriented HMC.
The drink pixies behind the granite-topped bar at this upscale gay-oriented drinkery in the heart of Park Central Mall aren't stingy with either their smiles or their pours.
Jane Orient, MD, is the Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a voice for patients' and physicians' independence since 1943.
As Martin Scorsese's Hugo arrives, Scorsese and his team have been out on the promotional trail discussing his creative use of 3D as a storytelling device in a largely non-action oriented drama.
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In science:

An example of interface in a random substrate problem, with period λ = 2: (a) in {11} orientation; (b) the {10} orientation.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
If we assume that S and S s are oriented by means of the orientations of curves σ and σs , from the fixed orientation on T it follows T = J − S + S s .
Hamiltonian symplectomorphisms and the Berry phase
If Σ is orientable, we introduce the subgroup Homeo+ (Σ) of orientation preserving homeomorphisms.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The following feature is special to two dimensions: A holomorphic structure on an orientable manifold X is equivalent to the choice of a conformal structure plus an orientation.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The complex structure f ∗ (C ) is defined by the requirement that the map ( ˆΣ, f ∗(C )) → ( ˆΣ, C ) is holomorphic if f preserves the orientation and antiholomorphic if f reverses the orientation.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
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