Definition of bearing
2a : the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit a woman past bearingb : a product of bearing : crop three bearings in a year
3a : an object, surface, or point that supportsb : 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 1field 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 bearingb : a determination of position take a bearingc bearings plural : comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation The ship lost its bearings in the fog. helping new employees get their bearingsd : 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.; 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
Examples of bearing in a Sentence
a man of military bearing
these new facts have some bearing on the case
Recent Examples of bearing from the Web
None of their actions have any bearing on the plot at all.
An additional case of animal cruelty mentioned at trial, in which DeGregory allegedly punched a pit bull puppy hard enough to break the animal's jaw, was pled down to a misdemeanor and has no bearing on his felony bill status.
Those courtly connections are brought out through some of the performances, as these uptight civilized people try to get their bearings in such uncharted wilderness.
In a league where parity is king, one year’s results often have no bearing on the next.
Today sees the publicity of a new study – led by Chris Barker and involving myself and a team of co-authors – that has some bearing on both of these issues.
John C. Frémont, imprisoned retired Mexican Gen. Mariano Vallejo, raised a flag bearing an image of a grizzly bear and declared Alta California free of Mexican rule.
The Highland, National and Chicago bridges will also receive additional concrete pavement repairs and beam bearing improvements.
The vast but as-yet untapped reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals under northeastern Minnesota are locked up in sulfide-bearing minerals that can leach sulfuric acid and other pollutants when exposed to air and water.
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Synonym Discussion of bearing
BEARING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bearing for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of bearing for Students
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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