Bear"ing (?), n.


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

I know him by his bearing. Shak.


Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.


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.

But of this frame, the bearings and the ties, The strong connections, nice dependencies. Pope.


Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.


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

[His mother] in travail of his bearing. R. of Gloucester.

6. Arch. (a)

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.


The portion of a support on which anything rests.


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

7. Mach. (a)

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


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

8. Her.

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

A carriage covered with armorial bearings. Thackeray.

9. Naut. (a)

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.

(b) pl.

The widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer.

(c) pl.

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

Ball bearings. See under Ball. -- To bring one to his bearings, to bring one to his senses. -- To lose one's bearings, to become bewildered. -- To take bearings, to ascertain by the compass the position of an object; to ascertain the relation of one object or place to another; to ascertain one's position by reference to landmarks or to the compass; hence (Fig.), to ascertain the condition of things when one is in trouble or perplexity.

Syn. -- Deportment; gesture; mien; behavior; manner; carriage; demeanor; port; conduct; direction; relation; tendency; influence.


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