- 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
Related formsun·bear·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Occasionally, I lose my bearings and permit myself an ounce of sympathy for Republican chairman Reince Priebus.
Or the advisors who recommended it had temporarily lost their bearings.
Now the changes within secular Israel have loosened their bearings even more.
Kant has expounded his argument, and discussed its bearings fully and minutely, in his 'Kritik der Urtheilskraft,' sec.Theism|Robert Flint
But when a woman like Mary does get her bearings she has 'em for keeps.Plain Mary Smith|Henry Wallace Phillips
Tangent screws and bearings should be frequently inspected for dust or grit.Visual Signaling|Signal Corps United States Army
The Indian also, when forced to it, uses means of getting his bearings which only Indians and veteran woodsmen know how to use.Woodcraft|E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
Both the polar and declination axes are carefully fitted to their bearings and carry finding circles.Astronomical Instruments and Accessories|Wm. Gaertner & Co.
British Dictionary definitions for bearings
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with bearings
see get one's bearings.