From Middle English beringe, berynge, berende, berande, berand, from Old English berende (“bearing; fruitful”) (also as synonym Old English bǣrende), from Proto-Germanic *berandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to bear; carry”), equivalent to bear + -ing.
bearing (not comparable)
- That which bears (whatever this combining form combines with).
- Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.
- That's a bearing wall.
bearing (plural bearings)
- A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
- (navigation, nautical) The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.
- Relevance; a relationship or connection.
- That has no bearing on this issue.
- Alexander Pope
- But of this frame, the bearings and the ties, / The strong connections, nice dependencies.
- One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
- She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.
- I know him by his bearing.
- (in the plural) Direction or relative position.
- (architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
- A lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
- (architecture) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
- (architecture, proscribed) The unsupported span.
- The beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
- (heraldry) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
- A carriage covered with armorial bearings.