(Or"i*chalch) n. [L. orichalcum, Gr. 'o`ros, mountain + chalko`s brass: cf. F. orichalque.] A metallic substance, resembling gold in color, but inferior in value; a mixed metal of the ancients, resembling brass; — called also aurichalcum, orichalcum, etc.

(O"ri*el) n. [OF. oriol gallery, corridor, LL. oriolum portico, hall, prob. fr. L. aureolus gilded, applied to an apartment decorated with gilding. See Oriole.] [Formerly written also oriol, oryal, oryall.]

1. A gallery for minstrels. [Obs.] W. Hamper.

2. A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were accustomed to dine; a sort of recess. [Obs.] Cowell.

3. (Arch.) A bay window. See Bay window.

The beams that thro' the oriel shine
Make prisms in every carven glass.

There is no generally admitted difference between a bay window and an oriel. In the United States the latter name is often applied to bay windows which are small, and either polygonal or round; also, to such as are corbeled out from the wall instead of resting on the ground.

(O"ri*en*cy) n. [See Orient.] Brightness or strength of color. [R.] E. Waterhouse.

(O"ri*ent) a. [F., fr. L. oriens, -entis, p. pr. of oriri to rise. See Origin.]

1. Rising, as the sun.

Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun.

2. Eastern; oriental. "The orient part." Hakluyt.

3. Bright; lustrous; superior; pure; perfect; pellucid; — used of gems and also figuratively, because the most perfect jewels are found in the East. "Pearls round and orient." Jer. Taylor. "Orient gems." Wordsworth. "Orient liquor in a crystal glass." Milton.

(O"ri*ent), n.

1. The part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning; the east.

[Morn] came furrowing all the orient into gold.

2. The countries of Asia or the East. Chaucer.

Best built city throughout the Orient.
Sir T. Herbert.

3. A pearl of great luster. [R.] Carlyle.

(O"ri*ent) v. t. [F. orienter. Cf. Orientate.]

1. To define the position of, in relation to the orient or east; hence, to ascertain the bearings of.

2. Fig.: To correct or set right by recurring to first principles; to arrange in order; to orientate.

(O`ri*en"tal) a. [L. orientalis: cf. F. oriental.] Of or pertaining to the orient or east; eastern; concerned with the East or Orientalism; — opposed to occidental; as, Oriental countries.

The sun's ascendant and oriental radiations.
Sir T. Browne.

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