plain bearing

  1. 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

Words Nearby plain bearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use plain bearing in a sentence

  • 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
  • Why, it turns as hard as though it were running on plain bearing that had never been oiled!

    Cab and Caboose | Kirk Munroe