bearing

When you walk into a room with your shoulders straight and your head up, people might say you have a noble bearing. Bearing is the way you hold your body, and it often means you hold it well.

Bearing has many uses, but they mostly involve support and/or direction. Bearing, for example, is the name given to a mechanical part that supports a moving joint — like a ball bearing. In buildings, bearings are walls or beams that support the building. In the same way, when you carry your body, you are bearing yourself up. Bearing also is used to talk about direction and travel: you could step off the sidewalk and nearly be run over by a car bearing north.

Primary Meanings of bearing

1.
n
characteristic way of bearing one's body
2.
adjn
(of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain
a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
3.
n
relevant relation or interconnection
4.
n
the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
5.
n
heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
Full Definitions of bearing
1

n characteristic way of bearing one's body

Synonyms:
carriage, posture
Types:
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manner of walking, walk
manner of walking
slouch
a stooping carriage in standing and walking
gracefulness
beautiful carriage
awkwardness, clumsiness
the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
grace, gracility
elegance and beauty of movement or expression
agility, legerity, lightness, lightsomeness, nimbleness
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
lissomeness, litheness, suppleness
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple
gracelessness, ungracefulness
an unpleasant lack of grace in carriage or form or movement or expression
gawkiness, ungainliness
the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant
stiffness
the property of moving with pain or difficulty
Type of:
bodily property
an attribute of the body

n a person's manner or conduct

Synonyms:
comportment, mien, presence
Types:
dignity, gravitas, lordliness
formality in bearing and appearance
Type of:
manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving
2

adj (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain

Synonyms:
load-bearing, supporting
capable of bearing a structural load
Antonyms:
nonbearing
(of a structural member) supporting no vertical weight other than its own

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

Types:
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ball bearing, needle bearing, roller bearing
bearings containing small metal balls
fifth wheel
a steering bearing that enables the front axle of a horse-drawn wagon to rotate
journal bearing
the bearing of a journal
thrust bearing
a bearing designed to take thrusts parallel to the axis of revolution
hotbox
a journal bearing (as of a railroad car) that has overheated
Type of:
support
any device that bears the weight of another thing
3

n relevant relation or interconnection

“those issues have no bearing on our situation”
Type of:
relatedness
a particular manner of connectedness
4

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

Synonyms:
aim, heading
Types:
tack
the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
Type of:
direction, way
a line leading to a place or point
5

n heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield

Synonyms:
armorial bearing, charge, heraldic bearing
Types:
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annulet, roundel
(heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle
chevron
an inverted V-shaped charge
fleur-de-lis, fleur-de-lys
(heraldry) charge consisting of a conventionalized representation of an iris
ordinary
(heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
bend, bend dexter
diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
fess, fesse
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
bar sinister, bend sinister
a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
Type of:
heraldry
emblem indicating the right of a person to bear arms

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