Meaning of BEARING in English


/bair"ing/ , n.

1. the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures: a man of dignified bearing.

2. the act, capability, or period of producing or bringing forth: a tree past bearing.

3. something that is produced; a crop.

4. the act of enduring or capacity to endure.

5. reference or relation (usually fol. by on ): It has some bearing on the problem.

6. Archit.

a. a supporting part of a structure.

b. the area of contact between a bearing member, as a beam, and a pier, wall, or other underlying support.

7. Mach. the support and guide for a rotating, oscillating, or sliding shaft, pivot, or wheel.

8. Often, bearings . direction or relative position: The pilot radioed his bearings.

9. Survey. a horizontal direction expressed in degrees east or west of a true or magnetic north or south direction.

10. Heraldry. any single device on an escutcheon; charge.

[ 1200-50; ME beryng. See BEAR 1 , -ING 1 ]

Syn. 1. carriage, mien, demeanor, behavior, conduct. See manner 1 . 5. connection, dependency; application. 8. course, aim.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .