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[ bair-ing ]


  1. the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures:

    a man of dignified bearing.

    Synonyms: conduct, behavior, demeanor, mien, carriage

  2. the act, capability, or period of producing or bringing forth:

    a tree past bearing.

  3. something that is produced; a crop.
  4. the act of enduring or capacity to endure.
  5. reference or relation (usually followed by on ):

    It has some bearing on the problem.

    Synonyms: application, dependency, connection

  6. Architecture.
    1. a supporting part of a structure.
    2. the area of contact between a bearing member, as a beam, and a pier, wall, or other underlying support.
  7. Machinery. the support and guide for a rotating, oscillating, or sliding shaft, pivot, or wheel.
  8. Often bearings. direction or relative position:

    The pilot radioed his bearings.

    Synonyms: aim, course

  9. Surveying. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east or west of a true or magnetic north or south direction.
  10. Heraldry. any single device on an escutcheon; charge.


/ ˈbɛərɪŋ /


  1. a support, guide, or locating piece for a rotating or reciprocating mechanical part
  2. foll byon or upon relevance (to)

    it has no bearing on this problem

  3. a person's general social conduct, esp in manners, dress, and behaviour
    1. the act, period, or capability of producing fruit or young
    2. an amount produced; yield
  4. the part of a beam or lintel that rests on a support
  5. anything that carries weight or acts as a support
  6. 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
  7. usually plural the position or direction, as of a ship, fixed with reference to two or more known points
  8. usually plural a sense of one's relative position or situation; orientation (esp in the phrases lose , get , or take one's bearings )
  9. heraldry
    1. a device or emblem on a heraldic shield; charge
    2. another name for coat of arms

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  • un·bearing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bearing1

First recorded in 1200–50, bearing is from the Middle English word beryng. See bear 1, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

“We don’t anticipate any material bearing on the city’s credit or bond ratings,” Kommi said.

As AG, her personal feelings had no bearing on her obligations.

They lose their bearings, question their relationships and education, and barely pass their classes.

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Simons Foundation funding decisions have no bearing on our coverage.

However, as we mentioned before, the front side was open, thus allowing the wearer to maintain his visual bearing.

The others are difficult to identify, since they reacted with other oxygen-bearing molecules in the soil.

Their decay proceeded without a ready supply of oxygen, producing hydrocarbons like methane instead of oxygen-bearing molecules.

Thanks to the film bearing his name, Oskar Schindler is probably the most well-known of these, but there are many others.

For his part, Logan now believes that more than 95 percent of cone bearing trees are infected.

As the Harvard Crimson noted, Byrne “had been bearing the brunt of the Harvard attack” all afternoon.

The sense of bearing on to the voice, or endeavoring to push the tone by any pressure whatever, should be absolutely avoided.

One, a man of distinguished looks and military bearing, was a little in advance of the other two.

From several doorways other men emerged, some of martial bearing, showing that the place was garrisoned to some extent.

My soul hateth your new moons, and your solemnities: they are become troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing them.

This he did, erecting at the harbor a beautiful cross bearing the arms of France.


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