An example of bearing is a person staying positive even though he lost his job.
- way of carrying and conducting oneself; carriage; manner; mien
- a support or supporting part
- the act, power, or period of producing young, fruit, etc.
- ability to produce
- anything borne or produced, as a crop, fruit, etc.
- an enduring; endurance
- direction relative to one's own position or to the compass
- position, as of a ship, established by determining the bearing from it of several known points
- awareness or recognition of one's position or situation: to lose one's bearings
- relevant meaning; application; relation: the evidence had no bearing on the case
- Archit. the part of a lintel or beam that rests on supports
- Heraldry any figure on the field; charge
- Mech. any part of a machine in or on which another part revolves, slides, etc.
- The manner in which one carries or conducts oneself: the poise and bearing of a champion. See Synonyms at behavior.
- a. A machine or structural part that supports another part.b. A device that supports, guides, and reduces the friction of motion between fixed and moving machine parts.
- Something that supports weight.
- The part of an arch or beam that rests on a support.
- a. The act, power, or period of producing fruit or offspring.b. The quantity produced; yield.
- Direction, especially angular direction measured from one position to another using geographical or celestial reference lines.
- often bearings Awareness of one's position or situation relative to one's surroundings: lost my bearings after taking the wrong exit.
- Relevant relationship or interconnection: Those issues have no bearing on our situation.
- Heraldry A charge or device on a field.
- A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
- (navigation, nautical) The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.
- Relevance; a relationship or connection.
- That has no bearing on this issue.
- One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
- She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.
- (in the plural) Direction or relative position.
- (architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
- A lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
- (architecture) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
- (architecture, proscribed) The unsupported span.
- The beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
- (heraldry) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
- Present participle of bear.
- That bears (whatever this combining form combines with).
Variant of bear
transitive verbbore, borne or born, bearing
- to hold and take along; carry; transport
- to hold in the mind: to bear a secret
- to possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show: the letter bore his signature
- to give birth to: the passive past participle in this sense is born when by does not follow
- to bring forth; produce or yield: fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata
- to support or hold up; sustain
- to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of: to bear the cost
- to undergo successfully; withstand; endure: her work won't bear scrutiny
- to put up with; tolerate: she can't bear him
- to call for; require: his actions bear watching
- to carry or conduct (oneself)
- to carry over or hold (a sentiment): to bear a grudge
- to bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
- to move or push as if carrying: the crowd bore us along
- to give, offer, or supply: to bear witness
Origin of bearMiddle English beren ; from Old English beran ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to carry, bring from source Classical Latin ferre, Classical Greek pherein, Sanskrit bharati, (he) bears
- to be productive: the tree bears well
- to lie in a given direction: the lighthouse bears due east
- to point or be aimed toward: with on or upon: artillery deployed to bear on the fort
- to move in a given direction: bear right at the corner
- to have bearing (on); have a relation: his story bears on the crime
- to tolerate; put up patiently (with)
- to be oppressive; weigh: grief bears heavily on her
bear a hand
- to give help
- Naut. get to work!help out!work faster!
- to press or push down; exert pressure
- to make a strong effort
bear down on
- to press down on; exert pressure on
- to make a strong effort toward accomplishing
- to come or go toward; closely approach
bring to bear onor bring to bear upon