bearing

noun
bear·​ing | \ˈber-iŋ \

Definition of bearing 

1 : the manner in which one behaves or comports oneself : the manner in which one bears (see bear entry 2 sense 2f) oneself a man of dignified bearing … a confident and cheerful bearing.— Sheridan LeFanu

2a : the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit a woman past bearing

b : a product of bearing : crop three bearings in a year

3a : an object, surface, or point that supports

b : a machine part in which another part (such as a journal or pin) turns or slides

4 heraldry : a figure borne on a heraldic field (see field entry 1 sense 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 bearing

b : a determination of position take a bearing

c bearings plural : comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation The ship lost its bearings in the fog. helping new employees get their bearings

d : relation, connection often used with on facts that have a direct bearing on the questionThey 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

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bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture. a woman of regal bearing deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training. your deportment was atrocious demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior. the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor. a mien of supreme self-satisfaction manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others. the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking. the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

Examples of bearing in a Sentence

a man of military bearing these new facts have some bearing on the case

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Fertility technology is steadily improving and women are choosing to delay child-bearing, meaning more couples need medical help to conceive. The Economist, "Carrot, a Silicon Valley startup, takes a novel approach to funding IVF," 28 June 2018 The median age for Hispanics in the United States is 29, prime for child bearing, compared with 43 for whites. Author: Sabrina Tavernise, Anchorage Daily News, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of U.S. states," 21 June 2018 The median age for Hispanics in the United States is 29, prime for child bearing, compared with 43 for whites. Sabrina Tavernise, BostonGlobe.com, "Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of US states," 20 June 2018 April 5, 2018 In total, the tariffs will fall on 1,102 categories of Chinese goods, including nuclear reactors, aircraft engine parts, bulldozers, ball bearings, motorcycles and industrial and agricultural machinery. New York Times, "U.S. and China Expand Trade War as Beijing Matches Trump’s Tariffs," 15 June 2018 The case had no bearing on the dominant issue of slavery, and was more of a trauma for Springfield than a national distraction. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "Honest Abe is courtroom star in Dan Abrams' entertaining history, 'Lincoln's Last Trial'," 6 June 2018 At the end of the 60s there came a wave of ball bearings, aspirins, cocktail olives: small, round things tumbling in picture space. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 Training is hard and rigorous and includes learning the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, ceremonial steps, cadence, military bearing, uniform prep and weapons training. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a 'haunting obligation'," 25 May 2018 The hearing was reset until July 16 on motions seeking to preserve various evidence that may have some bearing on the case. Washington Post, "Hearing postponed in Florida school shooting case," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bearing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bearing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bearing

: 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

noun
bear·​ing | \ˈber-ing\

Kids Definition of bearing

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.

bearing

noun
bear·​ing

Medical Definition of bearing 

: an object, surface, or point that supports

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