orientation

Definitions

  • Oriental Butter-Making
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n orientation a course introducing a new situation or environment
    • n orientation the act of orienting
    • n orientation a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
    • n orientation a predisposition in favor of something "a predilection for expensive cars","his sexual preferences","showed a Marxist orientation"
    • n orientation an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
    • n orientation position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
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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
    • Orientation A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement. "The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter."
    • Orientation 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.
    • Orientation The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
    • Orientation 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.
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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.
    • n orientation The act of turning or the state of being turned toward the east. Specifically — The position of worshipers facing toward the east, or, in Christian worship, toward that end of a church which is known as the eastern end; especially (ecclesiastical), that position of a priest celebrating the eucharist in which he faces the altar; the eastward position.
    • n orientation Such a position of a corpse in a grave that the head is toward the west and the feet toward the east.
    • n orientation The construction or position of a church so that it has that end which contains the chancel or sanctuary in the direction of the east.
    • n orientation Hence, the position of a building or of any object with reference to any point of the compass.
    • n orientation In crystallography, the position of a crystal — of its faces, cleavage-planes, optic axes or axes of elasticity, etc. — defined with reference to certain assumed directions, especially those of the crystallographic axes.
    • n orientation The process of determining the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
    • n orientation Hence The act of taking one's mental bearings; ascertainment of one's true position, as in a novel situation, or with reference to new ideas, new studies, etc., as if by determining the points of the compass.
    • n orientation The process of determining direction or relative position in general.
    • n orientation In crystallography, the process of placing a crystal in proper position so as to show the relation of its planes to the assumed axes.
    • n orientation In zoology, the faculty or instinct by which birds and other animals find their way home after being carried to a distance. It is well illustrated by homing pigeons. (See homing.) A striking instance of orientation is also afforded by swallows. Thus, a swallow nesting in New England, for example, and wintering in Panama, can return to the rafter in the barn where its nest was the previous year. All the regular and periodical migrations of birds imply the faculty of orientation.
    • n orientation Arrangement; distribution.
    • n orientation In chem., the relative position of the atoms or radicals in a molecule.
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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).
    • ns Orientation the act of turning or state of being turned toward the east, the process of determining the east in taking bearings: the situation of a building relative to the points of the compass: the act of making clear one's position in some matter: the homing instinct, as in pigeons
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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
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    “Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.”
  • J. B. Priestley
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    “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
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    “The world would be a much more logical, decision-oriented place if we renamed those breakfast waffles "Ergos".”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. orientation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. oriens, -entis, pr.p. of orīri, to rise.

Usage

In literature:

Though they are in the Orient, the Filipinos are not of it.
"Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot" by Austin Craig
A crowd of people were sitting, Orient-wise, here and there on a thick orange-colored carpet.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
Orient und Occident, insbesondere in ihren gegenwaertigen Beziehungen, etc.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
I'd have to see the Orient before I made up my mind.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
Conquest over the Oriental monarchies meant only spoliation.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
It has existed, in different forms, in other Oriental countries.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
I persuaded Mr. Harrison to adopt the Oriental costume, which, from five months' wear in Africa, I greatly preferred to the Frank.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
The houses here are small, and built in the Oriental style, with few windows, and terraced roofs.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
At the upper end, which you see first, is a group of five-story apartment houses, with oriental balconies and colonnades.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
The Chinese may well be called the Anglo-Saxons of the Orient, in latent power and mental character.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
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In poetry:

Now cease the rains, the orient sunbeams glad,
Burst through the broad expanse of heaven's pall;
Through banks of rifted clouds aslant they fall,
On this revolving sphere with verdure clad.
"The Shower" by George Hannibal Temple
While he, "Nay, let me o'er thy white arms bind
These orient pearls, less smooth; Egla, for thee,
(My thrilling substance pained by storm and wind,)
I sought them in the caverns of the sea.
"Zophiel’s Offerings To Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
'TIS NOT thy flowing hair of orient gold,
Nor those bright eyes, like sapphire gems that glow;
Nor cheek of blushing rose, nor breast of snow,
The varying passions of the heart could hold:
"Sonnet. Inscribed to Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire" by Mary Darby Robinson
O'er heaven's thousand burning lamps
Towers thy glorious palace high;
Thro' the evening's twilight damps,
O'er the morning's splendent sky,
From the orient to the west,
Thou art present, Mightiest!
"Winter: Sunday Evening" by John Bowring
I have sat me down under foreign skies
Afire with an Orient glow;
I have seen the moon gild the desert sand,
And silver the Arctic snow,
But the thought of you Jenny Allen,
Goes with me where I go.
"Jenny Allen" by Marietta Holley
Ah, well I knew love could not be,
So sought my fortune o'er the sea,
Deeming that you were lost to me.
Of sailing ships a mate was I,
From oriental ports to ply . . .
Ten years went past of foreign sky.
"Post Office Romance" by Robert W Service

In news:

University of Montana and Montana State University students want the state Board of Regents to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy.
View full size Courtesy of Ohio House of Representatives Rep Nickie Antonio of Lakewood is sponsoring a bill to ban employment and housing discrimination in Ohio based on sexual orientation or gender identity .
Gender identity , sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council.
In the first expansion of a federal hate crimes law since 1968, President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that extends hate crime protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity .
WHEREAS, some elected officials of federal, state, and local governments have proposed to restrict or prohibit access to materials related to sexual orientation within their publicly funded libraries.
Holland to consider adding gender identity , sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws.
Cons Missing some higher-end enthusiast-oriented features.
Youngsters have embraced the technology available these days, beginning with their earliest video-oriented games.
It's an age-old question (and probably the cause of more than one marital argument): Which way should toilet paper rolls be oriented.
Nora, a design-oriented lifestyle store.
Oriente Petrolero wins at Guarani .
Has 32 restaurants primarily in tourist-oriented locations, including several international cities.
If you can't manage this in time, get to an Oriental rug.
"It's very family oriented and we enjoy watching all the children.".
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been a powerfully mining-oriented place ever since early explorers were astonished to discover enormous chunks of pure copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
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In science:

If the curve Γ of Lemma 4.1 is oriented in such a way that ˙Γ has the same orientation of V + P S , we say that Γ is a positively oriented horizontal curve on S .
The Hessian of the distance from a surface in the Heisenberg group
The purpose of this paper is to complete the characterization of irreducible Heegaard splittings of orientable Seifert fibered spaces which was given by Moriah and Schultens in for the totally orientable case to the case of orientable Seifert fibered spaces whose fibration is not orientable.
Heegaard splittings of Seifert manifolds without an orientable base space
Section 2 deals with orientable Seifert fibered spaces which do not admit a totally orientable Seifert structure. A natural Heegaard splitting structure on such manifolds is that of a vertical splitting, which is defined as in the totally orientable case.
Heegaard splittings of Seifert manifolds without an orientable base space
A generalized graph manifold will be called total ly orientable if all of its Seifert vertex manifolds are totally orientable as Seifert manifolds, and all Sv ’s are orientable surfaces.
Heegaard splittings of Seifert manifolds without an orientable base space
One can similarly construct an oriented skein tree for any oriented front, at each step replacing a front by the two fronts related to it by the oriented skein relation.
A skein approach to Bennequin type inequalities
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