- The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
- 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.
- 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.
- (Fig)A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement."The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter." [L. F. Ward.]
Etymology: Cf. F. orientation