bearing Definition

  • 1the way in which a person conducts or carries themselves, especially in terms of their attitude and demeanor
  • 2a part of a machine that supports another part and allows it to rotate
  • 3direction or orientation, especially with respect to points of the compass

Using bearing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bearing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has a confident bearing that commands respect.

  • Example

    The bearing of the machine was damaged and needed to be replaced.

  • Example

    The map shows the bearing of the ship as it travels northward.

bearing Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for bearing

Idioms Using bearing

  • to be relevant or related to something


    The new evidence could have a bearing on the outcome of the trial.

  • lose one's bearings

    to become disoriented or confused


    After wandering around the city for hours, I completely lost my bearings and had no idea where I was.

  • get one's bearings

    to become oriented or familiar with one's surroundings


    After arriving in a new city, it's important to take some time to get your bearings and figure out where everything is.

Phrases with bearing

  • to determine the direction of something using a compass or other navigational tool


    We need to take a bearing on the North Star to find our way home.

  • bearings

    one's position or situation, especially in relation to others or to one's surroundings


    After losing his job, he struggled to get his bearings and find a new direction in life.

  • keep one's bearings

    to remain oriented or aware of one's surroundings


    Even in the dark, she was able to keep her bearings and find her way back to camp.

Origins of bearing

from Old English 'beran', meaning 'to carry'


Summary: bearing in Brief

The term 'bearing' [หˆbษ›rษชล‹] refers to a person's attitude and demeanor, as well as a machine part that supports rotation. It can also denote direction or orientation, such as the bearing of a ship. Phrases like 'take a bearing on' and 'keep one's bearings' relate to navigation and situational awareness, while idioms like 'have a bearing on' and 'lose one's bearings' refer to relevance and confusion.

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