Definitions of bearing

  1. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  2. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  3. completely unclothed; " bare bodies"; " naked from the waste up"; " a nude model"
  4. ( combining form) producing or yielding; " an interest- bearing note"; " fruit- bearing trees"
  5. a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
  6. characteristic way of bearing one's body; " stood with good posture"
  7. relevant relation or interconnection; " those issues have no bearing on our situation"
  8. ( of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain
  9. producing or yielding; " an interest- bearing note"; " fruit- bearing trees"
  10. Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.
  11. 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.
  12. Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.
  13. The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing.
  14. 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.
  15. The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  16. The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal.
  17. The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
  18. 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.
  19. The widest part of a vessel below the plank- sheer.
  20. The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast.
  21. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms - commonly in the pl.
  22. 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.
  23. Of bear.
  24. Behavior: situation of one object with regard to another: relation.
  25. Deportment; relative position.
  26. The act of sustaining producing, etc.
  27. Deportment; manner.
  28. Relation; meaning.
  29. A part ( of a machine) that rests on something. or on which something rests.
  30. A heraldic device.
  31. The charges that fill an escutcheon or coat of arms.
  32. 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.
  33. Carrying; producing.
  34. Behaviour; gesture; the situation of one object with respect to another; the figures, called charges, on an escutcheon.

Usage examples for bearing

  1. And then my father told me a long story which I will not here set down, because it hath no real bearing on my history. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  2. At that moment a two- horse carriage bearing Mr. Hearty and Millie passed by, and drew up at the entrance to the chapel. – Adventures of Bindle by Herbert George Jenkins
  3. The Captain had promised to bear with things as they were, and surely he was bearing all he could. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  4. This drover and his fellow go north to- night, bearing the cross o' fire. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers
  5. He ran his keen eyes over her, immediately impressed by her beauty and her bearing. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  6. In another minute or two the point was decided; they distinguished a large dog bearing something white in its mouth, and making for the shore where they were standing. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  7. And the furious horse was bearing her away into some region of darkness and terror. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  8. Thou art sweet, bearing with me! – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  9. I think their bearing was worthy of the mother- State which sent them there; and I doubt not she will receive them with joy and gratitude. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  10. Not of an individual- I feel sure of that, though I cannot recall what it is I have in my mind- but of a general bearing. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  11. By the time he reached them they had been some half- hour at the lake, and had most of them ventured cautiously to try the bearing power of the ice. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  12. Slaves were capital, bearing interest in the form of work and of children. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  13. We should not work less, but more, earnestly at our present duties, whatever these may be, for they would be seen in new importance as bearing on our place in that world of consequences. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  14. Instantly into her bearing sprang an entirely new, alert eagerness. – The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  15. Tirailleurs went by bearing despatches. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  16. Thus, while the physical fact remains the same for all, the whole bearing of it may so differ that Death to one man will be a Destroyer, while to another it is a Friend. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  17. Whoever you are, you have the bearing of a gentleman; and, now that we have come to an understanding, I shall treat you as such. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  18. Trenta pointed to the retreating figure of Fra Pacifico bearing Enrica in his arms. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  19. Still she was bearing up. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade