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bearing

noun uk   /ˈbeə.rɪŋ/ us    /ˈber.ɪŋ/

bearing noun (MACHINE PART)

[C] a part of a machine that supports another part that turns around: a wheel bearing a roller bearing

bearing noun (POSITION)

get/find your bearings to discover your exact position: The road system was so complicated that we had to stop to get our bearings several times. to succeed in becoming familiar with a new situation: It takes a while to get your bearings when you start a new job.lose your bearings If you lose your bearings, you do not know where you are: They lost their bearings in the dark. [C] specialized geography an exact position, measured clockwise (= to the right) from north. Bearings are given as three numbers: The campsite is 5 miles away from here on a bearing of 045 degrees. The yachtsman took a bearing on (= found his position by using) the lighthouse.

bearing noun (INFLUENCE)

have a bearing on sth to have an influence on something or a relationship to something: What you decide now could have a considerable bearing on your future.

bearing noun (MANNER)

[U] formal someone's way of moving and behaving: She had a proud, distinguished bearing.
Translations of “bearing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 機器部分, 軸承…
in Chinese (Simplified) 机器部分, 轴承…
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