AskDefine | Define bearing

Dictionary Definition

bearing adj
1 (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain [syn: bearing(a)] [ant: nonbearing]
2 producing or yielding; "an interest-bearing note"; "fruit-bearing trees"

Noun

1 relevant relation or interconnection; "those issues have no bearing on our situation"
2 the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies [syn: heading, aim]
3 dignified manner or conduct [syn: comportment, presence, mien]
4 characteristic way of bearing one's body; "stood with good posture" [syn: carriage, posture]
5 heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield [syn: charge, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing]
6 a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load; as, a bearing wall.

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Noun

  1. A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
  2. The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and that of true north; subject to variation and deviation when taken by a magnetic compass
  3. Relevance; a relationship or connection.
    That has no bearing on this issue.
  4. One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
    She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.
  5. (Often in plural:bearings) Direction or relative position.
mechanical device
nautical sense
relevance
posture

See also

Verb

bearing
  1. Present participle of to bear.

Extensive Definition

Bearing may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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