Pronunciation: /ˌɔr.i.ənˈteɪ.ʃən/ Explain

The orientation of a geometric object is the rotation of that object in a space. For example, the orientation of a line can be vertical, horizontal, or oblique. Some other phrases that show orientation are, "upside down", "on its side", "backwards", and "clockwise".

a horizontal linehorizontal
A vertical linevertical
A skew lineoblique
2-D Figure
A triangle with vertices labeled A, B, C arranged in a clockwise directionclockwise
a triangle with the vertices labeled A, B, and C in a counter clockwise direction.counter-clockwise
The words 'upside down' which are upside down.upside down
Table 1: Examples of orientation


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, orientation. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 132. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Orientation. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/o/orientation.html.

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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
9/5/2018: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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