- 1The determination of the relative position of something or someone (especially oneself): the child’s surroundings provide clues to help in orientationMore example sentences
- Actually, I think it's a matter of compass orientation.
- The agreed reforms aim to ensure the Common Agricultural Policy is firmly based on the principles of market orientation, sustainability and environmental awareness.
- These days have been incredibly traumatic and the only place I can receive some positive therapy and orientation is this great site.
- 1.1The relative physical position or direction of something: two complex shapes, presented in different orientationsMore example sentences
- First, a calibration process determines camera position and orientation with respect to the vehicle platform.
- The specimens are flattened in a variety of orientations to the bedding planes.
- There is no relationship between the lattice orientations of the two minerals.
- 1.2 Zoology An animal’s change of position in response to an external stimulus, especially with respect to compass directions.More example sentences
- The sign of the reflexes are such that they would act to counter any imposed perturbations, bringing the animal back to a stable orientation.
- There appears to be some species-specific responses of migratory orientation by songbirds under narrowband illumination.
- This work showed that Tritonia devotes a large part of its pedal ganglion neural circuitry to determining its orientation with respect to ambient water currents.
- 1.3Familiarization with something: their training and orientation comes out of magazine and newspaper distributionMore example sentences
- Mike walked me to the counter, and my training and orientation was done.
- In addition, each business must go through some training and orientation.
- Foreign-educated nurses need extensive orientation and training in the US health care system.
- 1.4 (also orientation course) chiefly North American A program of introduction for newcomers to a college or other institution: she attended freshman orientationMore example sentences
induction, training, initiation, briefing
- I went to both faculty and residence orientation, which means I have a lot more white t-shirts than I'll ever wear, as one would be more than enough.
- I remember how surprised I was to hear this at the new faculty orientation.
- Still haven't actually ‘met’ anyone since orientation though.
- 1.5The direction of someone’s interest or attitude, especially political or sexual: a common age of consent regardless of gender or sexual orientationMore example sentences
- The idea that you can change sexual orientation is laughable.
- They conclude that a person's sexual orientation is determined before birth.
- In addition, several items assessed subjects' preferred theoretical orientation and anticipated area of primary professional involvement.
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- To demonstrate the effect of water ordering in the present simulations, the orientational profile of the water dipole along the bilayer normal (z-direction) was calculated.
- Our purpose here has been to illustrate how three visible ‘bows’ depend for their system-specific meanings on several invisible spatial, orientational and deictic features of the whole systems to which they belong.
- Obviously no orientational dependence is expected from spherical beads, which is confirmed by our experiments (the residual fluctuations are likely to be due to imperfections in the bead and/or the measurement system).
mid 19th century: apparently from orient.