Definition of bearing
2a : the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit a woman past bearingb : a product of bearing : crop three bearings in a year
3a : an object, surface, or point that supportsb : a machine part in which another part (as a journal or pin) turns or slides
4 heraldry : a figure borne on a heraldic field (see 1field 3c) The lion is a common bearing.
6a : the situation or horizontal direction of one point with respect to another or to the compass on a northerly bearingb : a determination of position take a bearingc bearings plural : comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation The ship lost its bearings in the fog. helping new employees get their bearingsd : relation, connection —often used with on facts that have a direct bearing on the question They assured us that their personal feelings had no bearing on their decision.; also : purport the bearing of that remark
7 : the part of a structural member that rests on its supports a beam with 4 inches of bearing upon the wall
Examples of bearing in a sentence
a man of military bearing
these new facts have some bearing on the case
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BEARING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bearing for English Language Learners
: the way in which a person moves, stands, or behaves
: a relation or connection
: a machine part in which another part turns or slides
BEARING Defined for Kids
Definition of bearing for Students
1 : the manner in which a person carries or conducts himself or herself a man of kingly bearing
2 : a part of a machine in which another part turns
3 : the position or direction of one point with respect to another or to the compass
4 : a determination of position take a bearing
5 bearings plural : understanding of position or situation I lost my bearings.
6 : a relation or connection Personal feelings had no bearing on our decision.
Medical Definition of bearing
: an object, surface, or point that supports
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