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meanings of bearing


  1. That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
  2. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
  3. The unsupported span.
  4. One's posture, demeanor, or manner.
  5. A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
  6. The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  7. The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.
  8. Relevance; a relationship or connection.
  9. One's understanding of one's orientation or relative position, literally or figuratively.


  1. That bears (some specified thing).
  2. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.


  1. Present participle of bear.