(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.]
3. (Arch.) A bay window. See Bay window.
The beams that thro' the oriel shineTennyson.
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.Milton.
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.
1. The part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning; the east.
[Morn] came furrowing all the orient into gold.Tennyson.
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.