What does bearing mean?

Definitions for bearing
ˈbɛər ɪŋbear·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bearingnoun

    relevant relation or interconnection

    "those issues have no bearing on our situation"

  2. bearing, heading, aimnoun

    the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

  3. bearing, comportment, presence, miennoun

    dignified manner or conduct

  4. carriage, bearing, posturenoun

    characteristic way of bearing one's body

    "stood with good posture"

  5. charge, bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearingnoun

    heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield

  6. bearingadjective

    a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily

  7. bearing(a)adjective

    (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain


  1. bearingnoun

    A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.

  2. bearingnoun

    The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.

  3. bearingnoun

    Relevance; a relationship or connection.

    That has no bearing on this issue.

  4. bearingnoun

    One's posture, demeanor, or manner.

    She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.

  5. bearingnoun

    (Often in plural:bearings) Direction or relative position.

  6. bearingadjective

    Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.

    That's a bearing wall.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bearingnoun

    Etymology: from bear.

    But of this frame, the bearings and the ties,
    The strong connections, nice dependencies,
    Gradations just, has thy pervading soul
    Look’d through? or can a part contain the whole? Alexander Pope.

    That is Claudio; I know him by his bearing. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.


  1. bearing

    Bearing has several meanings across different contexts. 1. In navigation, bearing refers to the direction or path one object or location is from another, often measured in degrees from north. 2. In mechanical engineering, a bearing is a machine element that restricts relative motion to only the desired motion and reduces friction between moving parts. 3. More generally, bearing can also refer to one's manner, conduct or behavior. 4. In heraldry, a bearing is any emblem or device occupying the field of a shield. 5. It may also refer to the act of bearing, or carrying or supporting something. 6. In structural engineering it refers to the part of a structural element (column, wall etc.) that is in direct contact carrying load to the ground. The definition would depend on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bearing

    of Bear

  2. Bearingnoun

    the manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage

  3. Bearingnoun

    patient endurance; suffering without complaint

  4. Bearingnoun

    the situation of one object, with respect to another, such situation being supposed to have a connection with the object, or influence upon it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection

  5. Bearingnoun

    purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect

  6. Bearingnoun

    the act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing

  7. Bearingnoun

    that part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports; as, a lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall

  8. Bearingnoun

    the portion of a support on which anything rests

  9. Bearingnoun

    improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports

  10. Bearingnoun

    the part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal

  11. Bearingnoun

    the part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates

  12. Bearingnoun

    any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms -- commonly in the pl

  13. Bearingnoun

    the situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W

  14. Bearingnoun

    the widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer

  15. Bearingnoun

    the line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast


  1. Bearing

    A bearing is a machine element that constrains relative motion between moving parts to only the desired motion. The design of the bearing may, for example, provide for free linear movement of the moving part or for free rotation around a fixed axis; or, it may prevent a motion by controlling the vectors of normal forces that bear on the moving parts. Bearings are classified broadly according to the type of operation, the motions allowed, or to the directions of the loads applied to the parts. The term "bearing" is derived from the verb "to bear"; a bearing being a machine element that allows one part to bear another. The simplest bearings are bearing surfaces, cut or formed into a part, with varying degrees of control over the form, size, roughness and location of the surface. Other bearings are separate devices installed into a machine or machine part. The most sophisticated bearings for the most demanding applications are very precise devices; their manufacture requires some of the highest standards of current technology.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. bearing

    The horizontal angle at a given point measured clockwise from a specific datum point to a second point. See also grid bearing.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bearing

    An arc of the horizon intercepted between the nearest meridian and any distant object, either discovered by the eye and referred to a point on the compass, or resulting from finical proportion. There is the true or astronomical bearing, and the magnetic bearing. It is also the situation of any distant object, estimated with regard to the ship's position; and in this sense the object must bear either ahead, astern, abreast, on the bow, or on the quarter; if a ship sails with a side wind, a distant object is said to bear to leeward or to windward, on the lee quarter or bow, or on the weather quarter or bow.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bearing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4454

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bearing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2471

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bearing' in Nouns Frequency: #2939

Anagrams for bearing »

  1. bangier

  2. barge in

  3. begrain

  4. rigbane

  5. brainge

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bearing in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bearing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bearing in a Sentence

  1. State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno:

    Bearing in mind that there will be an expansion in infrastructure funding, there will be an increase in capital from state-owned banks.

  2. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.

  3. Aristotle:

    To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

  4. Arun Prakash:

    We should be worried the way we have run down our submarine fleet. But with China bearing down on us, the way it is on the Himalayas, the South China Sea and now the Indian Ocean, we should be even more worried, fortunately, there are signs this government has woken up to the crisis.

  5. U.S. vs Cruikshan:

    The right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is not a right granted by the Constitution neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.

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  • Roberto Jose Carvalho
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    Very interesting this definition, congratulations!!!
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involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
  • A. sought
  • B. dangerous
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