Meaning of “bearing” in the English Dictionary

"bearing" in British English

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uk /ˈbeə.rɪŋ/ us /ˈber.ɪŋ/

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.


uk / -beə.rɪŋ/ us / -ber.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “bearing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bearing" in American English

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bearingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈbeər·ɪŋ/

bearing noun [ U ] (CONNECTION)

connection to or influence on a result:

The fact that he was ordered to stand trial has no bearing on whether he’ll be found guilty.

bearing noun [ U ] (MANNER)

the particular way you find it natural to hold your body or the way you appear to other people:

She was an imposing attorney with a dignified bearing.

(Definition of “bearing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)