o·ri·en·teer·ing (ôr′ē-ĕn-tîrĭng, -ən-)
The use of map and compass to find a way through unfamiliar territory, especially when practiced as a competitive sport.
[Alteration of Swedish orientering, from orientera, to orient, from French orienter, from orient, east; see ORIENT.]
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