- 1[uncountable] bearing on something the way in which something is related to something or influences it Recent events had no bearing on our decision. Regular exercise has a direct bearing on fitness and health. Her comments didn't have much bearing on the subject.
- 2[singular] the way in which you stand, walk, or behave Her whole bearing was alert. a man of upright, military bearing
- 3[countable] (technology) a direction measured from a fixed point using a compass They took compass bearings on the tower.
- 4[countable] (technology) a part of a machine that supports a moving part, especially one that is turning see also ball bearing Idioms
to make yourself familiar with your surroundings in order to find out where you are or to feel comfortable in a place He paused at the top of the hill, trying to get his bearings.
get/find your bearingsjump to other results
to become lost or confused
lose your bearingsjump to other results