- orientation [ôr΄ē en tā′shən, ōr΄ē en tā′shən]n.1. an orienting or being oriented2.a) position with relation to the points of the compassb) the planning of church architecture so that the altar is in the east end3. familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment; specif.,a) Psychol. awareness of one's environment as to time, space, objects, and personsb) a period or process of introduction and adjustment4. a tendency to respond or act in a certain way with respect to a particular person, situation, phenomenon, etc. [one's sexual orientation]5. Biol. the position or change of position of an organism or part under a stimulus such as gravity or light6. Chem.a) the position and arrangement of atoms or radicals in a moleculeb) the ordering of molecules, crystals, etc. so that the axes point in a particular direction
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.