1. way of carrying and conducting oneself; carriage; manner; mien
2. a support or supporting part
a. the act, power, or period of producing young, fruit, etc.
c. anything borne or produced, as a crop, fruit, etc.
a. direction relative to one's own position or to the compass
c. [pl.] awareness or recognition of one's position or situation
⇒ to lose one's bearings
7. Architecture the part of a lintel or beam that rests on supports
9. Mechanics any part of a machine in or on which another part revolves, slides, etc.
adjective SYNONYMY NOTE: bearing, in this comparison denoting manner of carrying or conducting oneself, refers to
characteristic physical and mental posture; , . carriage, also applied to posture, specif. stresses the physical aspects of a person's bearing
[an erect carriage]; demeanor refers to behavior as expressing one's attitude or a specified personality trait
[a demure demeanor]; mien, a literary word, refers to one's bearing and manner [a man of melancholy mien]; deportment refers to one's behavior with reference to standards of conduct or social conventions;
, . manner is applied to customary or distinctive attitude, actions, speech, etc. and, in the
plural, refers to behavior conforming with polite conventions 10. that bears, or supports, weight
⇒ a bearing wall
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