Definition of bearing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈberiNG/


1 [in singular] A person’s way of standing or moving: a man of precise military bearing
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  • The exhaustion shows, though his military bearing and appearance (he still has the buzz cut of a man in uniform) belie the toll the case has taken on him.
  • Dressed like Sunday boaters, they appeared casual, but had a military bearing.
  • They would cultivate a military bearing, trying to take a disciplinary flogging with manly indifference, and giving a smart salute after it.
posture, stance, carriage, gait, deportment
formal comportment
1.1The way one behaves or conducts oneself: she has the bearing of a First Lady
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  • A man's personality and mental make-up do have a bearing upon his conduct.
  • Twopeny shared the disdain of other English visitors for the conduct and bearing of the native-born, a disdain matched by the anxiety of English mothers watching their children run free.
  • Let us grant for the moment that individual choices and actions do reflect the moral bearing of a person, and that issues of morality can only be dealt with by spiritual, or deep self-enquiry.
demeanor, manner, air, aspect, attitude, behavior, mien, style
2Relation or relevance: the case has no direct bearing on the issues
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  • The kids felt the story was unrealistic and had no bearing or relevance to their lives.
  • None of those paragraphs have any bearing or have any relevance in considering the overseas cases because they were not dealing with the scheme of this legislation.
  • This is where managing relationships has the most bearing.
relevance, pertinence, connection, appositeness, germaneness, importance, significance, application
3The level to which something bad can be tolerated: school was bad enough, but now it’s past bearing
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  • Most oddly, while implacably committed to family duties and the bringing up of children, the novel succeeds in portraying both as a burden almost beyond human bearing.
  • This city's normal population is only 85,000 and last week 400,000 retreating Leftists and hostages jammed it almost beyond bearing, with food running crucially short.
  • Your begging is past bearing.
endurance, tolerance, toleration
4A part of a machine that bears friction, especially between a rotating part and its housing.
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  • If the bearings that allow the crankshaft to turn freely are worn out, the crankshaft cannot turn so the engine cannot run.
  • After all, who's likely to take an engine apart to examine what kind of bearings the crankshaft is rotating in?
  • Friction is also found in bearings, piston rings, transmission and rear-end gears, and a host of other car parts.
4.1A ball bearing.
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  • Unlike dovetail slide, ball-bearing, and cross-roller bearing stages, flexure stages rely on elastic deformation of a solid material.
  • The ball bearing had originated about 1877 but was not widely used in America until the bicycle craze swept the country.
  • On top of that place a bearing, then a spacer, and then the wheel that has a bearing in the other side. Push down like you did to put in the other bearing, and you are done with the bearings for that wheel.
5 Architecture A structural part that supports weight, such as a wall that supports a beam.
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  • It's as if the closet has had every foundation and bearing wall removed but still stands, supported by mere expediency, etiquette and the lingering shards of shame.
  • At the Opera House end, the beam has a sliding bearing to allow for thermal movement and, as a result, loads at that end always bear vertically down on Barry's wall.
  • In short order, the cracking in the drywall in the centre bearing wall reappeared and the plaintiff became concerned.
5.1The point at which a structural part rests upon a supporting structure, such as the specific area of a beam that rests upon a wall.
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  • The Ontario Building Code then in force required that any wall with an air space under two inches be provided with weep holes immediately above the base flashing in veneered walls having bearing support.
  • The corbels' vertical dimensions were chosen to provide a gradual transfer of bearing loads to the walls of the tower legs.
  • A second method for improving the bearing strength of clay walls involves thermoprocessing.
6The direction or position of something, or the direction of movement, relative to a fixed point. It is typically measured in degrees, usually with magnetic north as zero: the Point is on a bearing of 015°
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  • The wreck was on a magnetic bearing of 360-degrees.
  • Benina held the Lady on a bearing of 330 northwest (of Benina) and compatible with the aircraft's route to and from Naples.
  • He lowered the nose and the chopper gained momentum, banking sharply to the left, he checked his magnetic compass and set off at a bearing of 282 degrees.
direction, orientation, course, trajectory, heading, tack, path, line, run
6.1 (one's bearings) Awareness of one’s position relative to one’s surroundings: he rose unsteadily to his feet and tried to get his bearings
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  • He swam, trying to maintain his position and get his bearings inside the hold, until something pressed against him and he felt himself sinking deeper.
  • Adam couldn't get his bearings from his position on the ground.
  • In some kind of internal holding pattern with my bearings lost, deadly shy and baffled.
orientation, sense of direction;
whereabouts, location, position
7 Heraldry A device or charge: armorial bearings
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  • With the increasing realism of later medieval art, windows begin to include many details of daily life, and their donors are commemorated by being depicted in contemporary dress, or by the inclusion of their armorial bearings.
  • Rommel presented, together with Giovianni, a beautiful copy of the armorial bearings of the city of Porto Recanati and some illustrated books of the city and its region.
  • The carved eagles at the comers suggest that the table might have been made for the Borghese family, whose armorial bearings incorporate an eagle.

Words that rhyme with bearing

airing, ballbearing, Behring, Bering, caring, daring, fairing, file-sharing, hardwearing, pairing, paring, raring, sparing, Waring, wearing

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Syllabification: bear·ing

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