O`ri*en*ta"tion(?), n. [Cf. F. orientation.]
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.
(Fig.): A return to first principles; an orderly arrangement.
The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter.L. F. Ward.
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