Bearing - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈberɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word bearing
Brit.  |ˈbɛːrɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word bearing
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to bear


- relevant relation or interconnection
- the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies (syn: aim, heading)
- dignified manner or conduct (syn: comportment, mien, presence)
- characteristic way of bearing one's body (syn: carriage, posture)
- heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield (syn: charge)
- a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily


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


...these new facts have some bearing on the case...

Although it was not a bearing year, the exhibition was very fine.

learning to take a compass bearing

those issues have no bearing on our situation

...the lookout in the crow's nest warned that there was an enemy frigate abaft and bearing down hard on their ship...

a stamp bearing the likeness of a president

...the actress's regal bearing makes her a perfect choice to play royalty on the screen...

She was bearing a tray of brimming glasses.

The Stock Exchange has been described as the cloaca bearing with it all the refuse of mankind.

Exit Hamlet, bearing the body of Polonius.

More money should be given to housing, bearing in mind (=because of) the problem of homelessness.

The wedding guests arrived, bearing gifts.

How is he bearing up since the accident?

Exercise has a direct bearing on how healthy you are.

If we succeed in bulling silver we shall also succeed in bearing gold to the same extent.

Word forms

singular: bearing
plural: bearings
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