Bearing

Bear"ing

(br"ng), n. 1. The manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage.
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I know him by his bearing.
Shak.
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2. Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.
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3. The situation of one object, with respect to another, such situation being supposed to have a connection with the object, or influence upon it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection.
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But of this frame, the bearings and the ties,
The strong connections, nice dependencies.
Pope.
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4. Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.
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5. The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing.
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[His mother] in travail of his bearing.
R. of Gloucester.
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6. (Arch.) (a) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports; as, a lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall. (b) The portion of a support on which anything rests. (c) Improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
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7. (Mach.) (a) The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal. (b) The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
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8. (Her.) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms -- commonly in the pl.
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A carriage covered with armorial bearings.
Thackeray.
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9. (Naut.) (a) The situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W. (b) pl. The widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer. (c) pl. The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast.
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Ball bearings. See under Ball. -- To bring one to his bearings, to bring one to his senses. -- To lose one's bearings, to become bewildered. -- To take bearings, to ascertain by the compass the position of an object; to ascertain the relation of one object or place to another; to ascertain one's position by reference to landmarks or to the compass; hence (Fig.), to ascertain the condition of things when one is in trouble or perplexity.
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Syn. -- Deportment; gesture; mien; behavior; manner; carriage; demeanor; port; conduct; direction; relation; tendency; influence.
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