- 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.
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Origin of bearing
OTHER WORDS FROM bearingun·bear·ing, adjective
Words nearby bearing
Definition for bearing (2 of 3)
verb (used with object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
verb (used without object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
- to press or weigh down.
- to strive harder; intensify one's efforts: We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
- Nautical. to approach from windward, as a ship: The cutter was bearing down the channel at twelve knots.
- to press or weigh down on.
- to strive toward.
- to approach something rapidly.
- Nautical. to approach (another vessel) from windward: The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
- Nautical. to keep (a boat) from touching or rubbing against a dock, another boat, etc.
- Nautical. to steer away.
- Backgammon. to remove the stones from the board after they are all home.
Origin of bear1
synonym study for bear
usage note for bear
Definition for bearing (3 of 3)
noun, plural bears, (especially collectively) bear.
verb (used with object), beared, bear·ing.
Origin of bear2
OTHER WORDS FROM bearbear·like, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for bearing
As the Harvard Crimson noted, Byrne “had been bearing the brunt of the Harvard attack” all afternoon.
Palmer takes some "bearing with," and, like us all, has his weaker side.
The concept of college football no longer has any bearing on the quality of the person, the quality of students.Welcome to the 2014 College Football Season: Exploitation, Florida State, and the Accused|Robert Silverman|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For James, journalism was bearing witness, especially when it comes to frontline coverage.
The slideshow is all surface, all for show, bearing little resemblance to the sex that actual lesbians have.I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible|Samantha Allen|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just then a tremendous broken sea was observed to be bearing down upon the already sluggish vessel.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
Her dress and bearing gave the impression of solid wellbeing, and steadfast purpose.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
The amount of compensation paid to the employee may also have a bearing on the amount of skill the employer has a right to expect.Commercial Law|Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
While slow in coming in bearing, after fruiting begins the trees bear regularly and abundantly.The Pears of New York|U. P. Hedrick
They elected captains and standard-bearers, and divided all the citizens capable of bearing arms into regiments and companies.Freaks of Fanaticism|Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for bearing (1 of 4)
- the act, period, or capability of producing fruit or young
- an amount produced; yield
- a device or emblem on a heraldic shield; charge
- another name for coat of arms
British Dictionary definitions for bearing (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bearing (3 of 4)
verb bears, bearing, bore or borne (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bear
British Dictionary definitions for bearing (4 of 4)
noun plural bears or bear
- a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
- (as modifier)a bear market Compare bull 1 (def. 5)
verb bears, bearing or beared
Word Origin for bear
Idioms and Phrases with bearing
In addition to the idioms beginning with bear
- bear a grudge
- bear down
- beard the lion
- bear fruit
- bear in mind
- bear one's cross
- bear out
- bear the brunt
- bear up
- bear with
- bring to bear
- cross as a bear
- cross to bear
- grin and bear it
- loaded for bear