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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.
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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.
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