Definition of load-bearing in English:



  • 1(especially of a wall) supporting much of the weight of the overlying parts of a building or other structure.

    • ‘The building structure consists of precast coreslab floors and roof, supported on load-bearing masonry walls or steel frame.’
    • ‘And just as importantly to masonry contractors, designers will be specifying more of their load-bearing walls as grouted and reinforced.’
    • ‘Recycled-plastic lumber is not strong enough to use for structural members, such as load-bearing walls, deck frames or floor joists, so you'll need to use traditional wood for those areas.’
    • ‘The Hippodrome structure consists of load-bearing exterior brick masonry walls with interior steel columns and beams.’
    • ‘The exterior of the Oklahoma City Federal Building is a load-bearing wall that enables forces to arch over any damaged portions while the wall resists lateral and gravity loads.’
    1. 1.1Relating to the carrying of a load.
      ‘the road's load-bearing capacity’
      • ‘By trial and error they came to understand the load-bearing capacity and strength limitations of limestone, and so they knew when it was necessary to use a stronger material, such as granite.’
      • ‘In the absence of a ground plan with scale, it's impossible to accept this contention, specially because the substantive questions of proper alignment of pillar bases and their load-bearing capacity remain unresolved.’
      • ‘Her eyes widen, then glaze over and then, in what I can only describe as a calm and measured frenzy, she proceeds to test the load-bearing capacity of a standard issue shopping trolley.’
      • ‘In addition, studies at the University of Alaska suggest that a warming of the permafrost by only 3 [degrees] C decreases its load-bearing capacity by up to 70 per cent.’
      • ‘The ‘spoked tip’ vastly increases load-bearing capacity of the tip panel without increasing weight.’