Definition of orienteer in US English:



  • A person who takes part in orienteering.

    • ‘‘For the top competitive orienteers, speed is of the essence and national and international competitions are won in phenomenally fast times,’ he said.’
    • ‘Boring, I know, but you can't be a good orienteer if you don't know where you're going.’
    • ‘At the orienteering meets in which we participate, orienteers set off at 2-minute intervals on a given course.’
    • ‘On Bank Holiday Saturday, local orienteers competed in the Scottish Championships at Glen Truim.’
    • ‘Whitehead will be available, along with other international orienteers, to offer advice and sign posters.’
    • ‘Tracks vary in quality and ski orienteers need to choose the best route by reading the map to determine a trail's distance, gradient and relative speed.’
    • ‘The Score Event was open to more experienced orienteers and attracted 13 adults and older children.’
    • ‘The club is full of world class orienteers - including the 1997 world champion - and no less than seven elite men who have run for Sweden at senior international level.’
    • ‘All right, so we've got to be careful that we don't show other orienteers or real orienteers, competitors, where we're going.’
    • ‘Many other orienteers will be racing around the streets of York on May 11 in the third Annual York City Orienteering Trophy.’
    • ‘This year, no other orienteering club in Britain has so many orienteers who have achieved this award.’
    • ‘The British Orienteering Federation hopes to lease a field barn north of Collin Pit Farm, Oxen Park, near Ulverston, and make it a training centre of excellence for orienteers.’
    • ‘Almost a thousand of some of the best orienteers from around the country converged on Attermire, near Settle, on Saturday to take part in a National event - one of the premier competitions in the orienteering calendar.’
    • ‘Wharfedale is clearly one of the hot-spots in terms of producing excellent orienteers.’
    • ‘This race, for the third annual York City Trophy, will give residents a chance to see local, national and international orienteers in action and to have a go themselves.’
    • ‘Over Easter, 1,000 orienteers gathered in bushland in central Victoria for the biggest event on their competitive calendar, the Australian 3-Days.’
    • ‘Peter, aged 49 from Ilkley, who has been a top-flight orienteer for many years, took part in both the individual and relay competitions held on tough hilly terrain around Kincardine on the Firth of Forth estuary in Scotland.’
    • ‘Named after one the Britain's most successful international orienteers, this is the premier junior inter-club competition in the calendar.’
    • ‘On foot or sometimes on mountain bikes, orienteers exercise their bodies and brains, finding a series of destination markers along a course.’
    • ‘Colour coded courses will be available for the more experienced orienteer, but this area is suitable for beginners and help will be available for newcomers.’


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  • Take part in orienteering.

    ‘there are fascinating opportunities to orienteer’
    • ‘He is a member of the Eborienteers group, which orienteers in the York, Selby and Scarborough areas but has been affected by foot-and-mouth restrictions.’
    • ‘She told the Evening Press: ‘It will be the first time I've orienteered outside of Europe and is sure to be pretty exciting.’’