non·​bear·​ing ˌnän-ˈber-iŋ How to pronounce nonbearing (audio)
: not bearing something: such as
: supporting no vertical weight other than its own weight
nonbearing walls
: not producing fruit
immature, nonbearing grape vines
also : having plants that are not producing fruit
nonbearing orange acreage

Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonbearing was in 1884

Dictionary Entries Near nonbearing

Cite this Entry

“Nonbearing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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