to have an effect or influence on something, or not have any effect or influence:
Exercise has a direct bearing on how healthy you are.
to become confused about where you are:
I completely lost my bearings in the dark.
to become confused about what you should do next:
young men who have lost their bearings in a changing society
to find out exactly where you are:
He paused to get his bearings.
to feel confident that you know what you should do next:
An introduction session helps new students get their bearings.
4 [singular, uncountable]
the way in which you move, stand, or behave, especially when this shows your character
5 [countable]SGTM technical
a direction or angle that is shown by a compass:
learning to take a compass bearing
6 [countable]T technical
a part of a machine that turns on another part, or in which a turning part is held ➔ ball bearing