bearing noun

1 way in which sth is related

ADJ. direct, important, significant The rise in interest rates had a direct bearing on the company's profits.


PREP. ~ on

2 direction/position

ADJ. compass

VERB + BEARING check He checked his bearings on the map in the car. | find, get Everything was in darkness and it was difficult to get my bearings. | keep To keep your bearings in a desert sandstorm is impossible. | lose She lost her bearings in the thick forest.

PHRASES take a (compass) bearing on sth Take a compass bearing on that mountain.