Definition of orienteering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːrɪɛnˈtɪərɪŋ/
Pronunciation: /ˌɒrɪɛnˈtɪərɪŋ/


[mass noun]
A competitive sport in which runners have to find their way across rough country with the aid of a map and compass.
Example sentences
  • They both represented Ireland on the same weekend in separate orienteering competitions.
  • If you enjoy running or walking, if you are interested in maps and navigation, or if you like outdoor sport, then orienteering is for you.
  • Activities will include canoeing, indoor rock-climbing, abseiling, archery and orienteering.


1940s: from Swedish orientering.

Words that rhyme with orienteering

auctioneering, clearing, coasteering, earring, electioneering, engineering, gearing, geoengineering, privateering, shearing

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