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English definition of “bearing”

bearing

noun (POSITION)    /ˈbeə.rɪŋ/ US  /ˈber.ɪŋ/
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.General location and orientation to succeed in becoming familiar with a new situation: It takes a while to get your bearings when you start a new job.Adapting and attuning to somethingAdapting and modifying Changing lose your bearings If you lose your bearings, you do not know where you are: They lost their bearings in the dark.General location and orientation [C] specialized geography an exact position, measured clockwise (= to the right) from north. Bearings are given as three numbers: Nottingham is 70 km from Birmingham on a bearing of 045 degrees. The yachtsman took a bearing on (= found his position by using) the lighthouse.Points of the compassDirection of motionGeneral location and orientation
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