|1.||poetic another word for east Compare occident|
|2.||archaic the eastern sky or the dawn|
|3.||a. the iridescent lustre of a pearl|
|b. (as modifier): orient pearls|
|4.||a pearl of high quality|
|5.||poetic chiefly eastern|
|6.||archaic (of the sun, stars, etc) rising|
|7.||to adjust or align (oneself or something else) according to surroundings or circumstances|
|8.||(tr) to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass or other specific directions|
|9.||(tr) to set or build (a church) in an easterly direction|
|[C18: via French from Latin oriēns rising (sun), from orīrī to rise]|
orient o·ri·ent (ôr'ē-ənt, -ěnt')
v. or·i·ent·ed, or·i·ent·ing, or·i·ents
To locate or place in a particular relation to the points of the compass.
To align or position with respect to a point or system of reference.
To make familiar with or adjusted to facts, principles, or a situation.