Definitions of bearing

  1. Carrying; producing.
  2. Of bear.
  3. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  4. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  5. a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
  6. relevant relation or interconnection; " those issues have no bearing on our situation"
  7. producing or yielding; " an interest- bearing note"; " fruit- bearing trees"
  8. Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.
  9. The situation of one object, with respect to another, such situation being supposed to have a connection with the object, or influence upon it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection.
  10. Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.
  11. The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing.
  12. That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports; as, a lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
  13. The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  14. The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal.
  15. The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
  16. The situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W.
  17. The widest part of a vessel below the plank- sheer.
  18. The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast.
  19. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms - commonly in the pl.
  20. The act of enduring with patience; manner of carrying the head and body; as, I knew him by his bearing; behavior; meaning or significance; the act or power of producing; the part of a machine that supports the friction; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; the position of one object with respect to another; usually in plural; as, it was so dark that it was impossible for us to get our bearings.
  21. Behavior: situation of one object with regard to another: relation.
  22. Deportment; relative position.
  23. The act of sustaining producing, etc.
  24. Deportment; manner.
  25. Relation; meaning.
  26. A part ( of a machine) that rests on something. or on which something rests.
  27. A heraldic device.
  28. Patient endurance; deportment; the situation of one object with respect to another; connection; production; the distance between the points of support of a piece of timber.
  29. Behaviour; gesture; the situation of one object with respect to another; the figures, called charges, on an escutcheon.
  30. completely unclothed; " bare bodies"; " naked from the waste up"; " a nude model"
  31. ( of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain