the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures: a man of dignified bearing.
the act, capability, or period of producing or bringing forth: a tree past bearing.
something that is produced; a crop.
the act of enduring or capacity to endure.
reference or relation (usually followed by on ): It has some bearing on the problem.
a supporting part of a structure.
the area of contact between a bearing member, as a beam, and a pier, wall, or other underlying support.
Machinery. the support and guide for a rotating, oscillating, or sliding shaft, pivot, or wheel.
Often, bearings. direction or relative position: The pilot radioed his bearings.
Surveying. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east or west of a true or magnetic north or south direction.
Heraldry. any single device on an escutcheon; charge.

1200–50; Middle English beryng. See bear1, -ing1

unbearing, adjective

1. carriage, mien, demeanor, behavior, conduct. See manner1. 5. connection, dependency; application. 8. course, aim. Unabridged
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bearing (ˈbɛərɪŋ)
n (foll by on or upon)
1.  a support, guide, or locating piece for a rotating or reciprocating mechanical part
2.  relevance (to): it has no bearing on this problem
3.  a person's general social conduct, esp in manners, dress, and behaviour
4.  a.  the act, period, or capability of producing fruit or young
 b.  an amount produced; yield
5.  the part of a beam or lintel that rests on a support
6.  anything that carries weight or acts as a support
7.  the angular direction of a line, point, or course measured from true north or south (true bearing), magnetic north or south (magnetic bearing), or one's own position
8.  (usually plural) the position or direction, as of a ship, fixed with reference to two or more known points
9.  (usually plural) a sense of one's relative position or situation; orientation (esp in the phrases lose, get, ortake one's bearings)
10.  heraldry
 a.  a device or emblem on a heraldic shield; charge
 b.  another name for coat of arms

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Word Origin & History

"carrying of oneself, deportment," mid-13c., from bear (v.). Mechanical sense of "part of a machine that bears the friction" is from 1791.

"parts of a machine which 'bear' the friction," 1791, from bear (v.). Meaning "direction from a point of reference" is from 1630s; to take (one's) bearings is from 1711.
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Idioms & Phrases


see get one's bearings.

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Example sentences
When faced with such facts, one reaches for bearings, for ways to steady
The shaft had rusted, expanding in the process, and was tight in the nylon
  bushings that served as bearings.
His team's new design eliminates the need for anything rigid, such as bearings
  or gears.
The breakthrough idea was to grip the shaft from both sides, which made
  bearings redundant, he says.
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