Definition of bearing in English:



  • 1A person's way of standing or moving.

    ‘a man of precise military bearing’
    • ‘Cusack copes well with the physical demands of the production, offering convincing portrayals of women who are markedly different in appearance and bearing.’
    • ‘A short fellow with a refined bearing, Gavaskar consistently got hundreds and double-hundreds against top-class bowling.’
    • ‘Moreover her stage bearing has a rare grace and dignity.’
    • ‘Blind people quickly learn to find their bearing (space, time) in judo training and to move around with self-assurance.’
    • ‘Footwear is one aspect that can make a difference to the bearing of the person, literally and figuratively.’
    • ‘Dressed like Sunday boaters, they appeared casual, but had a military bearing.’
    • ‘His bearing made him appear aloof, as if he sat heads above everyone else.’
    • ‘I notice his erect bearing, his poker face, only his moving cheek muscles betray that this man is under great tension.’
    • ‘But her deflated bearing and tone is also a touch obvious - labored, you might say, in its listlessness.’
    • ‘One soldier testified that the bearing and behaviour of the men convinced the soldiers on duty that those involved in the raid were ‘superior officers’.’
    • ‘In The Wolf Man, Rains is the perfect lord of the manor with his patrician bearing and smooth manner with the town's officials.’
    • ‘But in spite of his melancholy bearing and despondent expression, there were few who could say that they had ever seen a man of more distinguished presence.’
    • ‘The effect on their bearing and appearance is all too often appalling.’
    • ‘In her bearing, speech and manner, Medea, then is no longer the supernatural being who charmed Jason into marrying her, but a cold, calculating woman, her mind set at a single purpose.’
    • ‘He has fleshy pale cheeks, bright brown eyes and an eager bearing that leaves the impression of an overgrown boy.’
    • ‘It was not the profundity of his words but the silent strength of his bearing that was so powerful.’
    • ‘Unless looks deceive so convincingly, he does not look indigent and like someone in state of abject poverty; more like a man in full control of his bearing, faculties and appearance.’
    • ‘Most were Sikhs, Rajputs or Gurkhas, people whom the British classed as ‘martial races’ and they were much admired for their bearing, courage and steadfastness.’
    • ‘He was hugely muscular and with the arrogant bearing of a man who knew he would get what he wanted.’
    • ‘They would cultivate a military bearing, trying to take a disciplinary flogging with manly indifference, and giving a smart salute after it.’
    • ‘The exhaustion shows, though his military bearing and appearance (he still has the buzz cut of a man in uniform) belie the toll the case has taken on him.’
    posture, comportment, carriage, gait, stance
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    1. 1.1The way a person behaves or conducts themselves.
      ‘she has the bearing of a First Lady’
      • ‘In the egalitarian world of the NFL, in which free agency and a salary cap are designed to prevent the emergence of dynasties, these Super Bowl appearances imply an aristocratic bearing.’
      • ‘At the same time, her children excel all the children in town in learning, in demeanor, and in a certain reserved and distinguished bearing.’
      • ‘Let us grant for the moment that individual choices and actions do reflect the moral bearing of a person, and that issues of morality can only be dealt with by spiritual, or deep self-enquiry.’
      • ‘At every occasion, his personal bearing, his humility, and his profound remarks make you feel that you are in august company.’
      • ‘The physiognomy of the city and the bearing of its inhabitants share the portentous aspect of a drama.’
      • ‘A man's personality and mental make-up do have a bearing upon his conduct.’
      • ‘Twopeny shared the disdain of other English visitors for the conduct and bearing of the native-born, a disdain matched by the anxiety of English mothers watching their children run free.’
      • ‘His bearing, his sense, his dignity and organisational skills are hailed throughout the city.’
      • ‘It is not exactly a usual thing for a six-foot-five inch white man with a shock of white hair, a man of distinguished bearing to ask for a job as a hotwalker at a racetrack.’
      • ‘Others, more worldly and human in their bearing, interpret the bharata natyam dancer's role as that of a frank seductress.’
      demeanour, manner, air, aspect, attitude, behaviour, mien, countenance, guise, cast, look, feel, style
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  • 2[mass noun] Relation; relevance.

    ‘the case has no direct bearing on the issues being considered’
    • ‘We say that has no bearing at all on the interpretation of the 1981 Act.’
    • ‘The kids felt the story was unrealistic and had no bearing or relevance to their lives.’
    • ‘These uncertainties also have an important bearing in understanding the complex and rapidly evolving tectonic history of the Adelaide Fold Belt.’
    • ‘On the resolution of this issue, our role in the global peace movement has a very important bearing.’
    • ‘We still don't know what is going to happen about Spennymoor United, who are struggling to fulfil their fixtures - that situation could have a bearing.’
    • ‘This sober attitude is needed, for the negative impact of a local government's financial instability will definitely have a national bearing.’
    • ‘This is where managing relationships has the most bearing.’
    • ‘‘To win it would be the victory of all victories,’ the Bolton boss said as he prepared to lock horns with Graeme Souness in a game that could have a major bearing in the relegation stakes.’
    • ‘The ability of a person to generate income increases also has a bearing, he said.’
    • ‘Thus, messages from ancestors have a bearing within a community and can alert men and women alike about any social breaks and lack of community ties.’
    • ‘None of those paragraphs have any bearing or have any relevance in considering the overseas cases because they were not dealing with the scheme of this legislation.’
    • ‘He's also convinced that personal traits have a huge bearing.’
    • ‘Although his subsequent post still has some bearing to the point of the article I linked, his behavior is reprehensible.’
    • ‘But how much of a bearing does withholding truth have on that persons credibility, trust and integrity?’
    • ‘Naomh Eoin's inability to use their extra man sufficiently definitely had a bearing, but St. Mullins must be commended for their team spirit.’
    • ‘My question is, what is his relationship with his family and what bearing will the family have on if and when he decides to get married?’
    • ‘Money shouldn't be top of your list of qualities but it can have a bearing.’
    • ‘This appears to have a bearing because things such as pest control and economics obviously are perhaps of greater concern to farmers and you could perhaps explain why there seems to be such a high percentage.’
    • ‘I do not think it had any bearing whatsoever, despite what members say, on the agreement to the leave.’
    • ‘And because they're not part of the agreement, they have no legal bearing.’
    relevance, relevancy, significance, pertinence, connection, relation, aptness, appositeness, germaneness, importance, import, application
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  • 3[mass noun] The ability to tolerate something bad or to be tolerated.

    ‘school was bad enough, but now it's past bearing’
    • ‘But to receive that terse response, and the earlier one, is beyond bearing.’
    • ‘Your begging is past bearing.’
    • ‘For all of us who have offered the couple our thoughts and prayers over the past three months, who have felt for their torment and despair, such a scenario is almost beyond bearing.’
    • ‘This city's normal population is only 85,000 and last week 400,000 retreating Leftists and hostages jammed it almost beyond bearing, with food running crucially short.’
    • ‘Most oddly, while implacably committed to family duties and the bringing up of children, the novel succeeds in portraying both as a burden almost beyond human bearing.’
    endurance, endurability, tolerance, tolerability, acceptance, acceptability, sufferance, manageability
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  • 4A part of a machine that allows one part to rotate or move in contact with another part with as little friction as possible.

    • ‘Friction is also found in bearings, piston rings, transmission and rear-end gears, and a host of other car parts.’
    • ‘Our distributor looked at the machine and found bearings that were near failure.’
    • ‘After all, who's likely to take an engine apart to examine what kind of bearings the crankshaft is rotating in?’
    • ‘An artificial hip joint consists of three parts, the ball, the bearing and the cup.’
    • ‘This feature of the T-carts was attributed to the heavier weight of the T-carts but in fact it was due to a different type of bearing used in the caster piece where it attached to the cart.’
    • ‘Axle bearings, suspensions, pivot points, and all lube points should be checked to see if there is any leakage or potential failures.’
    • ‘A typical rebuild is new pistons, rods, main and rod bearings, piston rings, and a valve job.’
    • ‘Applications include valve nuts, cam bearings, impellers, hangers in pickling baths, agitators, crane gears and connecting rods.’
    • ‘Hydrodynamic bearings were substituted, which develop an air film when the tape gets up to speed and flies over the surface.’
    • ‘‘Tap the yoke gently and the bearing should appear,’ was one classic phrase I learned from Mr. Haynes.’
    • ‘Each spreader is made of heavy-gauged steel with rugged cast-iron axle bearings that are guaranteed to last.’
    • ‘Other advanced industries, like those producing machine tools and bearings, were painfully emerging but were at a low technical level.’
    • ‘In the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, Amiloy 22 can be used to fabricate shaft bushings, bearings, piston rings, pump parts, and slide pads.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, hydrodynamic lubrication in plain bearings and piston rings can be analysed in seconds.’
    • ‘New air cycle machine bearings have been developed and will improve the robustness of the system.’
    • ‘Slip bearings allow the two halves to move independently.’
    • ‘If the bearings that allow the crankshaft to turn freely are worn out, the crankshaft cannot turn so the engine cannot run.’
    • ‘The lower line feeds the big end bearings and the upper line the main bearings and piston cooling jets.’
    • ‘My machine would need new bearings, a new controller board and several other components if it was to be brought back to life.’
    • ‘The nut on the end of the axle holds on the wheels, and the inside of the bearings are always in contact with the axle.’
  • 5The direction or position of something, or the direction of movement, relative to a fixed point. It is usually measured in degrees, typically with magnetic north as zero.

    ‘the Point is on a bearing of 015°’
    ‘there were no steeples or bridges from which to take a bearing’
    • ‘If, however, you want to see more wreckage, then from the cave return to the stern of the Mohegan and follow a compass bearing to the south-west until the depth is just less than 18m.’
    • ‘Benina held the Lady on a bearing of 330 northwest (of Benina) and compatible with the aircraft's route to and from Naples.’
    • ‘The tape is registered against the lower support guide by tilting the bearing less then a degree outward.’
    • ‘Glassfish were seemingly everywhere, and I would pause every now and then to regain my bearing whenever these living, moving silver clouds engulfed me.’
    • ‘The fire of individual fire units - batteries - was controlled by command posts which calculated the range and bearing to the target and gave the necessary orders to the guns.’
    • ‘Go through it and follow a south-south-west bearing across the bald dome of the summit slopes to the 3556 ft summit itself.’
    • ‘He lowered the nose and the chopper gained momentum, banking sharply to the left, he checked his magnetic compass and set off at a bearing of 282 degrees.’
    • ‘The wreck was on a magnetic bearing of 360-degrees.’
    • ‘Twenty miles from the goal we had to jump to the cloud street to the west to go in the direction of the goal which was now at a bearing of about 340 degrees.’
    • ‘Continue until the seabed drops, and when you reach the boulder-strewn sea floor, follow your compass bearing until you reach some angular rocks.’
    • ‘We had an assigned firing bearing, and we went over the different trajectory options to get the best acquisition and kill.’
    • ‘None of the magnets are suitable for use as magnetic bearings in nuclear centrifuges.’
    • ‘It gives the range, relative bearing and range rate.’
    • ‘If the target's relative bearing has not changed and the range is decreasing, you should change your course or speed or prepare for a close encounter.’
    • ‘I submerge straight away to get out of the slosh and follow a compass bearing over the shallow kelp and into the Ore Stone.’
    • ‘I moved around, trying to get a bearing for my location in the room.’
    • ‘Our final-approach controller began giving us vectors to intercept the final bearing.’
    • ‘From here I follow a compass bearing to swim out perpendicular to the wall past a forest of sea pens.’
    • ‘Linaps provides the gunner with the position of the gun and the exact bearing and elevation of the barrel.’
    • ‘The ship vectored us for the approach, and I intercepted the final bearing at 21 miles and 6,000 feet.’
    direction, orientation, course, trajectory, heading, tack, path, line, run
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    1. 5.1Awareness of one's position relative to one's surroundings.
      ‘he flashed the torch around, trying to get his bearings’
      • ‘As Hammann made a wide circle to gain altitude and get his bearings, he sighted enemy patrol boats racing toward Ludlow's foundering Macchi.’
      • ‘Working with a sextant for two days, she figured out her bearings and rigged a sail to position herself in currents she hoped would take her to Hawaii.’
      • ‘Before I can gather my bearings though, my feet have taken me to Lena.’
      • ‘Anyway, once I got my bearings everything seemed to make more sense, and it felt less like I had walked into Alice in Wonderland.’
      • ‘At any other time of year, this would have been an odd triptych of international hotspots, but try getting your bearings during a four-day festival devoted purely to the art of dramming.’
      • ‘He lurched to his feet, and the world spun for a second before he got his bearings.’
      • ‘The ride is just over an hour long, and is an excellent way to get your bearings around the city.’
      • ‘After taking a few seconds to find their bearings, the two set off for their landing sight.’
      • ‘Given that I was very unfamiliar with the layout and condition of the wreck I decided to spend this first dive exploring the bridge and surrounding area to get my bearings.’
      • ‘Unless you were a tourist wanting to get fleeced, or you needed to get your bearings, you didn't come out of the subway and look up at the World Trade Center, and you sure didn't point.’
      • ‘Whatever its point of departure in the individual, art is one of the means by which human beings collectively gain their bearings and make sense of reality, ultimately, bring more and more of it under their conscious control.’
      • ‘Adam couldn't get his bearings from his position on the ground.’
      • ‘And the other important thing is to get our bearings - to understand how to get from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the circuit each day.’
      • ‘But it is as if not only her mother's generation but hers too now feels so lost, they can only find their bearings by referring to the psychological barrier that still separates east and west.’
      • ‘It was quite hard to find her bearings without her sight.’
      • ‘It also will slow a big man down half a second and allow him to gain his bearings and gain some sense of where his teammates are.’
      • ‘It is very easy to lose your bearings as the constant sensory barrage and face to face combat can almost leave you shell shocked.’
      • ‘It only took me a couple of seconds to get my bearings after I woke up.’
      • ‘He swam, trying to maintain his position and get his bearings inside the hold, until something pressed against him and he felt himself sinking deeper.’
      • ‘In some kind of internal holding pattern with my bearings lost, deadly shy and baffled.’
      orientation, sense of direction
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  • 6Heraldry
    A device or charge.

    ‘armorial bearings’
    • ‘Rommel presented, together with Giovianni, a beautiful copy of the armorial bearings of the city of Porto Recanati and some illustrated books of the city and its region.’
    • ‘They are one and the same person; Richard is author of both the schoolboy newspaper and the spoof armorial bearings.’
    • ‘There is now a thriving black market in armorial bearings and medieval chivalry.’
    • ‘The carved eagles at the comers suggest that the table might have been made for the Borghese family, whose armorial bearings incorporate an eagle.’
    • ‘With the increasing realism of later medieval art, windows begin to include many details of daily life, and their donors are commemorated by being depicted in contemporary dress, or by the inclusion of their armorial bearings.’
    • ‘Taxes on hats, dice, clocks, salt, hair powder, gloves, artificial flowers, menservants, game certificates and armorial bearings have also been used in the past.’
    • ‘Uniforms and regimental colours initially embodied the colonel's armorial bearings and livery, but soon took on the state's symbols.’
    • ‘In England, new coats of arms are granted to individuals by the Earl Marshal of the College of Arms, which oversees the issuing of armorial bearings.’
    insignia, regalia, badge, emblem, ensign, device, heraldic device, coat of arms, arms, armorial bearing, escutcheon, shield
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