- present participle of bear#English|bear
bearing (not comparable)
- (in combination) That bears (some specified thing).
- a gift-bearing visitor
- Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.
- That's a bearing wall.
bearing (plural bearings)
- A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
- (navigation, nautical) The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.
- Relevance; a relationship or connection.
- That has no bearing on this issue.
- 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (
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- One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
- She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
- I know him by his bearing.
- (in the plural) Direction or relative position.
- (architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
- A lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
- (architecture) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
- (architecture, proscribed) The unsupported span.
- The beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
- (heraldry) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
- A carriage covered with armorial bearings.
- find one's bearings
- get one's bearings
- lose one's bearings
- French: roulement, coussinet, palier
- German: Lager
- Italian: cuscinetto
- Portuguese: rolamento
- Russian: подши́пник
- Spanish: rodamiento rolling bearing, (Mexico) balero, cojinete
- Italian: postura, portamento
- Portuguese: conduta
- Russian: поведе́ние
- Spanish: conducta, comportamiento, porte, proceder