:the manner in which one behaves or comports oneself :the manner in which one bears (see 2bear 2f) oneself
- a man of dignified bearing
- … a confident and cheerful bearing.
- —Sheridan LeFanu
:the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit
:a product of bearing :crop
:an object, surface, or point that supports
:a machine part in which another part (such as a journal or pin) turns or slides
:a figure borne on a heraldic field (see 1field 3c)
- The lion is a common bearing.
:the situation or horizontal direction of one point with respect to another or to the compass
:a determination of position
:comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation
- The ship lost its bearings in the fog.
- helping new employees get their bearings
—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.
- the bearing of that remark
:the part of a structural member that rests on its supports
- a beam with 4 inches of bearing upon the wall