- 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.
Origin of bearing
Synonyms for bearing
Examples from the Web for bearings
Contemporary Examples of bearings
With little of the original structure still standing, I find it quite difficult to get my bearings.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
To help us get our bearings, we gave House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon a call.Beau Willimon on Most Shocking Twists in ‘House of Cards’ Season 2
February 15, 2014
Occasionally, I lose my bearings and permit myself an ounce of sympathy for Republican chairman Reince Priebus.Reince Priebus’s Terrible Case for GOP Reform
June 17, 2013
Or the advisors who recommended it had temporarily lost their bearings.Romney Won the Debate but it Was No Game Changer
October 4, 2012
Now the changes within secular Israel have loosened their bearings even more.The Coming Kulturkampf?
May 17, 2012
Historical Examples of bearings
This afternoon I took a round of angles and bearings from a pile of stones on the hill.Explorations in Australia
Thus they discussed on familiar lines the bearings of a new situation.The Secret Agent
Possibly strangers may not comprehend all the bearings; but that is not your fault.
"Very well," he replied, so calmly that she lost her bearings for a moment.
For a moment he lost his bearings and stammered in confusion.
- 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
"parts of a machine which 'bear' the friction," 1791, from present participle of bear (v.). Meaning "direction from a point of reference" is from 1630s; to take (one's) bearings is from 1711.
"carrying of oneself, deportment," mid-13c., verbal noun from bear (v.). Mechanical sense of "part of a machine that bears the friction" is from 1791.
see get one's bearings.