bear·​ing | \ ˈber-iŋ How to pronounce bearing (audio) \

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

Choose the Right Synonym for bearing

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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First Known Use of bearing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Bearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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.



Medical Definition of bearing

: an object, surface, or point that supports

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