: 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
: 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.
- 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