A bearing is an ["azimuth"]. In ["metes and bounds"] property deeds and plats, the bearing is often recorded in a notation that referenced to the four quadrants of a compass. A bearing of N30E is 30 degrees measured from North toward East, or a compass direction of 30°. A bearing of S15E is 15 degrees measured from South toward East, or a compass direction of 75°.

The notation always states North or South first, then the angular measure, then East of West. A bearing of N60W is 60 degrees measured from North toward West, or a compass direction of 300°