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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bearing:

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Definition of the noun bearing

What does bearing mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bearings

  1. relevant relation or interconnection
    • example: those issues have no bearing on our situation
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: relatedness = a particular manner of connectedness
  2. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of bearing: aim / heading
    • more generic words: direction / way = a line leading to a place or point
    • more specific word: tack = the heading or position of a vessel relative to the trim of its sails
  3. dignified manner or conduct
  4. characteristic way of bearing one's body
  5. heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
  6. a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily

Alternative definition of the noun bearing


  1. A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
  2. [nautical] The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and that of true north; subject to variation and deviation when taken by a magnetic compass
  3. Relevance; a relationship or connection.
  4. One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
  5. (Often in plural:'bearings') Direction or relative position.

Definition of the adjective bearing

What does bearing mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more bearing / most bearing

  1. (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain

Alternative definition of the adjective bearing


  1. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load; as, a bearing wall.


Bearing is a fictional character from the 1940 film The Rothschilds.


Bearing is a term used in navigation to refer, depending on the context, to the direction of motion or the direction of a distant object relative to the current course. In aerial navigation, bearing refers to the actual compass direction of the forward course of the aircraft. For example, a bearing of 0 degrees would indicate a craft flying north. In land or sea navigation, bearing refers to the angle between the craft's forward direction, and the location of another object. For example, an object bearing of 0 degrees would be dead ahead; an object bearing 180 degrees would be behind. Bearings can be measured in mils or degrees.

  • also known as 導向

Phrases with Bearing

Phrases starting with the word Bearing:

  1. bearing rein
  2. bearing wall
  3. bearing brass
  4. bearing metal

Phrases ending with the word Bearing:

  1. -Bearing
  2. fur-bearing
  3. nut-bearing
  4. oil-bearing
  5. ball bearing
  6. cone-bearing
  7. gold-bearing
  8. live-bearing
  9. Load Bearing
  10. load-bearing
  11. Child-Bearing
  12. Fruit-Bearing
  13. Jewel bearing
  14. spore-bearing
  15. young-bearing
  16. needle bearing

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bearing

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Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Interior Architecture and Design (2009)

by Michael Coates, Graeme Brooker, Sally Stone

Bearing. 150. see Element 88, Structure 237 A term used to describe a wall or other element of a structure that supports its own weight and possibly that of other elements in a building. The masonry wall of a house can be considered load ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of California (1997)

This process of tilting and folding wrenched open leaves of slates, once shales; heated mineral-bearing solutions escaped from the magma that was cooling and solidifying below, and filled the slate openings with gold- bearing quartz.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

See also grid bearing; relative bearing; true bearing. beaten zone — The area on the ground upon which the cone of fire falls. begin morning civil twilight — The period of time at which the sun is halfway between beginning morning and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: D-K (2002)

by James Minahan

FLAG: The Guernseian national flag, the official flag of the bailiwick, is a white field with a centered red cross bearing a gold Norman cross, the cross of William the Conqueror, superimposed on the red. The flag of Alderney, called Aurigny in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: L-R (2002)

by James Minahan

FLAG: The Neapolitan national flag, the flag of the national movement, has nine yellow and red horizontal stripes bearing a blue canton on the upper lioist bearing a mythical head and three legs. The flag of the Ausonia Movement is a white ...

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Quotes about Bearing

To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character. (Aristotle)
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Scrabble value of B3E1A1R1I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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