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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Read more: None of this should have any bearing on your faith. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Needy single mom feels abandoned by church family," 1 July 2018 The game had no bearing on the outcome of Group A, as both Egypt and Saudi Arabia had already been eliminated at the expense of Russia and Uruguay. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Egypt's Essam El-Hadary becomes oldest player in World Cup history," 25 June 2018 Since the majority of women cannot reach orgasm from intercourse alone, how long a man can perform the act has relatively no bearing on the ultimate satisfaction of most women. Time, "Ask Dr. Ruth: How Can I Help My Partner Last Longer in Bed?," 15 Mar. 2018 More broadly, Xavier's 5-24 against Villanova all-time, but the vast majority of those games don't have much bearing on the programs' modern series. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Big East standard-bearer Villanova hosts No. 10 Xavier," 9 Jan. 2018 More alarming was a camouflage vest with pouches containing bricks of homemade explosives impregnated with ball bearings. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 The threat comes just days after President Trump imposed levies on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, including robotics, airplane parts and ball bearings. New York Times, "U.S. Threatens Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods, From Tilapia to Handbags," 10 July 2018 Demonstrators used pepper spray too, police said, and some threw fireworks, bottles, rocks and ball bearings at each other. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Clashing protesters draw blood, block traffic in downtown Portland," 3 June 2018 Demonstrators used pepper spray too, police said, and some threw fireworks, bottles, rocks and ball bearings at each other. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Woman shot in New Orleans East: NOPD," 3 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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