orient: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (n., adj. ôr'ē-unt, -ē-ent", ōr'- v. ôr'ē-ent", ōr'-), [key]
- to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.
- to familiarize (a person) with new surroundings or circumstances, or the like: lectures designed to orient the new students.
- to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations: to orient a building north and south.
- to direct or position toward a particular object: Orient it toward that house.
- to determine the position of in relation to the points of the compass; get the bearings of.
- to place so as to face the east, esp. to build (a church) with the chief altar to the east and the chief entrance to the west.
- to set (the horizontal circle of a surveying instrument) so that readings give correct azimuths.
- to assign to (a surface) a constant, outward direction at each point.
- to turn toward the east or in any specified direction.
- (of a gem or pearl) exceptionally fine and lustrous; oriental.
- rising or appearing, esp. as from below the horizon: the orient sun.
- orient (Thesaurus)