bearing

noun
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

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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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To allow her name to fade from the list of the most elite writers in English of the second half of the 20th century is to begin to take our bearings from the wrong landmarks. New York Times, "On the Centennial of Iris Murdoch’s Birth, Remembering a 20th-Century Giant," 25 June 2019 To avoid carting around these blood-bearing goodies, more and more teens everyday are switching to DivaCups instead. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "10 Teens Get Real About Why They Use Diva Cups," 25 Apr. 2018 Cone production in conifers is complex and controlled by weather as well as internal, alternate-bearing cycles. OregonLive.com, "Help! My tomatoes are dying: Ask an expert," 31 Mar. 2018 In fact, most deciduous (non cone-bearing) trees do. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "Got Allergies? These 10 Low-Pollen Plants Won’t Make You Sneeze," 22 Jan. 2018 The difference between Diamond’s Yali and Lawrence’s Yali illustrates a key feature of Diamond’s oeuvre, one that has great bearing on Upheaval. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 Their koi ponds need a specific kind of emergency netting installed when the team is on the road and there’s a hurricane bearing down. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, June 7," 7 June 2019 Mike Browne in 1971 Clay Center Community High School yearbook Klocke loaded the cannon with gunpowder, tapped it down, slid in five or six ball bearings and tapped them down, too. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "50 years after 'mysterious metal' put hole in Kansas school, July 4 pranksters fess up," 2 July 2018 The rookie right-hander, who'd been mostly dazzling over four prior starts for the Milwaukee Brewers, slogged through an awful first inning before regaining his bearings and putting together a solid final four. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 8, Brewers 2: Freddy Peralta struggles early, gets little help from the offense," 1 July 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

formal : the way in which a person moves, stands, or behaves
formal : a relation or connection
technical : 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

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bear·​ing

Medical Definition of bearing

: an object, surface, or point that supports

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