bearing

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛə̯ɹɪŋ/
  • (US) enPR: bâr'ĭng IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛəɹɪŋ

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English beringe, berynge, berende, berande, berand, from Old English berende (bearing; fruitful) (also as synonym Old English bǣrende), from Proto-Germanic *berandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *beraną (to bear; carry), equivalent to bear +‎ -ing.

VerbEdit

bearing

  1. present participle of bear
 
Bearing render

AdjectiveEdit

bearing (not comparable)

  1. (in combination) That bears (some specified thing).
    a gift-bearing visitor
  2. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.
    That's a bearing wall.
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Ball bearing

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bering, beringe, berynge, equivalent to bear +‎ -ing.

NounEdit

bearing (plural bearings)

  1. A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
  2. (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.
  3. (in the plural, especially in phrases such as 'get one's bearings') One's understanding of one's orientation or relative position, literally or figuratively.
    Do we go left here or straight on? Hold on, let me just get my bearings.
    I started a new job last week, and I still haven't quite found my bearings.
  4. Relevance; a relationship or connection.
    That has no bearing on this issue.
  5. 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.
    • 2019 March 18, Steven Pifer, Five years after Crimea’s illegal annexation, the issue is no closer to resolution[1], The Center for International Security and Cooperation:
      The little green men were clearly professional soldiers by their bearing, carried Russian weapons, and wore Russian combat fatigues, but they had no identifying insignia. Vladimir Putin originally denied they were Russian soldiers; that April, he confirmed they were.
  6. (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.
  7. (architecture) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  8. (architecture, proscribed) The unsupported span.
    The beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
  9. (heraldry) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo
      Jos Sedley's open carriage, with its magnificent armorial bearings.
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