Definition of Bearing

1. Adjective. (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain.

Similar to: Load-bearing, Supporting
Antonyms: Nonbearing

2. Noun. Relevant relation or interconnection. "Those issues have no bearing on our situation"
Generic synonyms: Relatedness

3. Noun. The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies.
Exact synonyms: Aim, Heading
Generic synonyms: Direction, Way
Specialized synonyms: Tack
Derivative terms: Head, Head

4. Noun. Dignified manner or conduct.
Exact synonyms: Comportment, Mien, Presence
Generic synonyms: Manner, Personal Manner
Specialized synonyms: Dignity, Gravitas, Lordliness
Derivative terms: Bear, Comport, Comport

5. Noun. Characteristic way of bearing one's body. "Stood with good posture"
Exact synonyms: Carriage, Posture
Generic synonyms: Bodily Property
Specialized synonyms: Manner Of Walking, Walk, Slouch, Gracefulness, Awkwardness, Clumsiness
Derivative terms: Bear, Carry, Postural

6. Noun. Heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield.
Exact synonyms: Armorial Bearing, Charge, Heraldic Bearing
Specialized synonyms: Annulet, Roundel, Chevron, Fleur-de-lis, Fleur-de-lys, Ordinary
Generic synonyms: Heraldry
Derivative terms: Charge

7. Noun. A rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily.
Specialized synonyms: Ball Bearing, Needle Bearing, Roller Bearing, Fifth Wheel, Journal Bearing, Thrust Bearing
Group relationships: Rotating Mechanism
Generic synonyms: Support

Definition of Bearing

1. n. The manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage.

Definition of Bearing

1. Adjective. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load. ¹

2. Noun. A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction. ¹

3. Noun. (navigation nautical) The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction. ¹

4. Noun. Relevance; a relationship or connection. ¹

5. Noun. One's posture, demeanor, or manner. ¹

6. Noun. ''(Often in plural:'''''bearings''''')'' Direction or relative position. ¹

7. Verb. (present participle of bear) ¹

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Definition of Bearing

1. demeanor [n -S] - See also: demeanor

Medical Definition of Bearing

1. 1. The manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage. "I know him by his bearing." (Shak) 2. Patient endurance; suffering without complaint. 3. The situation of one object, with respect to another, such situation being supposed to have a connection with the object, or influence upon it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection. "But of this frame, the bearings and the ties, The strong connections, nice dependencies." (Pope) 4. Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect. 5. The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing. "[His mother] in travail of his bearing." (R. Of Gloucester) 6. That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports; as, a lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall. The portion of a support on which anything rests. Improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports. 7. The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal. The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates. 8. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms commonly in the pl. "A carriage covered with armorial bearings." (Thackeray) 9. The situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W. Pl. The widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer. The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast. Ball bearings. See Ball. To bring one to his bearings, to bring one to his senses. To lose one's bearings, to become bewildered. To take bearings, to ascertain by the compass the position of an object; to ascertain the relation of one object or place to another; to ascertain one's position by reference to landmarks or to the compass; hence, to ascertain the condition of things when one is in trouble or perplexity. Synonym: Deportment, gesture, mien, behavior, manner, carriage, demeanor, port, conduct, direction, relation, tendency, influence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bearing

bearer bond
bearing (current term)
bearing-down pain
bearing down
bearing false witness
bearing fruit
bearing metal
bearing on
bearing out
bearing rein
bearing reins
bearing up
bearing upon
bearing wall

Literary usage of Bearing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1919)
"1646 A SELF-ADJUSTING SPRING THRUST bearing Bt HG Reist, Schenectady, NY Member of the Society A careful study of the difficulties experienced with the ..."

2. Bulletin by Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (1904)
"The fact that the iron-bearing rock and associated formations are closely folded and covered with a much greater thickness of drift and sandstone than the ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1915)
"As all general conclusions must depend on local facts, it seems to me to be the duty of those who recognize the wide bearing of these local facts to bring ..."

4. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER XVI Of bearing with the faults of others THOSE things which a man cannot amend in ... Endeavour to be patient in bearing with other men's faults and ..."

5. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, William Cowper (1838)
"The armour finish'd, bearing in his hand The whole, he set it down at Thetis' feet. She, stooping like a falcon, left at once Snow-crown'd Olympus, ..."

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