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 for orientation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Orientation \O`ri*en*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. orientation.]
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     1. The act or process of orientating; determination of the
        points of the compass, or the east point, in taking
        bearings.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. (Fig.): A return to first principles; an orderly
        arrangement.
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              The task of orientation undertaken in this chapter.
                                                    --L. F. Ward.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  orientation
      n 1: the act of orienting
      2: an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
      3: position or alignment relative to points of the compass or
         other specific directions
      4: a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for
         expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist
         orientation" [syn: predilection, preference,
         orientation]
      5: a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time
         and place and personal relationships
      6: a course introducing a new situation or environment [syn:
         orientation course, orientation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "orientation":
     acclimation, acclimatization, accommodation, accustoming,
     adaptation, adaption, adjustment, aim, alignment, arrangement,
     aspect, assimilation, attitude, azimuth, bearing, bearings, bent,
     breaking, breaking-in, briefing, case hardening,
     celestial navigation, conditioning, course, current,
     dead reckoning, direction, direction line, disorientation,
     domestication, drift, exposure, familiarization, fix, frontage,
     habituation, hardening, heading, helmsmanship, housebreaking,
     inclination, initiation, instruction, introduction, inurement, lay,
     layout, lie, line, line of direction, line of march,
     line of position, location, naturalization, navigation, pilotage,
     piloting, placement, placing, point, position, position line,
     positioning, preparation, quarter, radio bearing, range, run,
     seasoning, set, set-up, situation, steerage, steering, taming,
     tendency, tenor, track, training, trend, way
  
  

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