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orientation (ˌɔːrɪɛnˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of orienting or the state of being oriented
2.  position or positioning with relation to the points of the compass or other specific directions
3.  the adjustment or alignment of oneself or one's ideas to surroundings or circumstances
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) Also called: orientation course
 a.  a course, programme, lecture, etc, introducing a new situation or environment
 b.  (as modifier): an orientation talk
5.  psychol the knowledge of one's own temporal, social, and practical circumstances in life
6.  basic beliefs or preferences: sexual orientation
7.  biology the change in position of the whole or part of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light
8.  chem the relative dispositions of atoms, ions, or groups in molecules or crystals
9.  the siting of a church on an east-west axis, usually with the altar at the E end

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