weight-bear·​ing ˈwāt-ˌber-iŋ How to pronounce weight-bearing (audio)
: the act or state of supporting or withstanding the weight of something (such as a building or the body)
The involved bones are deformed by the stress of weight-bearing or even by the normal pull of attached muscles. Sue Rodwell Williams
If Iguanodon walked on all fours, then the hand and wrist ought to be adapted for weight-bearing. Pat Shipman
usually used before another noun
For bones, weight-bearing activities like walking, running and weight lifting are especially important. Claudia KalbAn athlete who suffers an injury to a major weight-bearing joint, such as the hip or knee, is five to seven times more likely to develop degenerative arthritis than an average member of the population. William NackEngineers typically use strain gauges to measure the stresses on automobile parts, chains, bridges and other weight-bearing objects. Discover… structural steel, elevators and telephones were emancipating urban architecture from limits imposed by the weight-bearing capacity of stone walls and the stair-climbing endurance of people. George F. Will

Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weight-bearing was in 1905

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“Weight-bearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weight-bearing. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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