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plain bearing

noun, Machinery.
any of various bearings, not containing rolling elements, that present to the shaft or axle they support broad areas of corresponding form, usually segments of a cylinder.
Origin of plain bearing
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why, it turns as hard as though it were running on plain bearing that had never been oiled!

    Cab and Caboose

    Kirk Munroe
  • The king, with his manly and plain bearing, stood out alone; you might say he was the only Gilbert Islander in Apemama.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson

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