weight-bearing

noun weight-bear·ing \ ˈwāt-ˌber-iŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of weight-bearing

: 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 Kalb
  • An 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 Nack
  • Engineers typically use strain gauges to measure the stresses on automobile parts, chains, bridges and other weight-bearing objects.
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  • … 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

First Known Use of weight-bearing

1905

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