What are bearings?

Bearings are things that surround rotating shafts to reduce friction and wear. The word "bearing", as in compass bearing, can also refer to the direction that something is moving (such as 10 degrees east of north). I have heard of no meanings of the word that are related to mathematics.

thanks drwls

You're welcome! I apologize for any confusion, but in mathematics, bearings are actually used to measure the angle between a fixed reference direction (such as north) and the direction of a point or object. Bearings are typically measured in degrees clockwise from the north direction. Now, if you have a specific math-related question about bearings, feel free to ask, and I'll be happy to provide a detailed explanation!