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noun O`ri*en*ta"tion
  1. The act or process of orientating; determination of the points of the compass, or the east point, in taking bearings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (Fig)A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement."The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter." [L. F. Ward.]

Etymology: Cf. F. orientation

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  1. A course introducing a new situation or environment
  2. The act of orienting
  3. A person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
  4. A predisposition in favor of something ("showed a Marxist orientation")
  5. An integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
  6. Position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

From French orientation. Surface etymology is orient +‎ -ation

  1. (countable) The determination of the relative position of something or someone.
  2. (countable) The relative physical position or direction of something.
  3. (uncountable) The construction of a Christian church to have its aisle in an east-west direction with the altar at the east end
  4. (countable) An inclination, tendency or direction
  5. (countable) The ability to orient
  6. (countable) An adjustment to a new environment
  7. (countable) An introduction to a (new) environment
  8. (typography, countable) The direction of print across the page; landscape or portrait
  9. (mathematics, countable) The choice of which ordered bases are "positively" oriented and which are "negatively" oriented on a real vector space

orientation was also found in the following language(s): French

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Past life for Orientation born Feb 11, 1973

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 750. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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