/ ˈbeərɪŋ; NAmE ˈber-/ noun
[ U ] bearing on sth the way in which sth is related to sth or influences it :
Recent events had no bearing on our decision.
Regular exercise has a direct bearing on fitness and health.
[ sing. ] the way in which you stand, walk or behave :
Her whole bearing was alert.
[ C ] ( technical ) a direction measured from a fixed point using a compass
[ C ] ( technical ) a part of a machine that supports a moving part, especially one that is turning
—see also ball bearing
- get / find / take your bearings
- lose your bearings