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Definition of bearing:

  1. Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms - commonly in the pl.
  2. Improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
  3. Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.
  4. Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.
  5. That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports; as, a lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
  6. The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing.
  7. The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast.
  8. The manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage.
  9. The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal.
  10. The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
  11. The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  12. The situation of a distant object, with regard to a ship's position, as on the bow, on the lee quarter, etc.; the direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen; as, the bearing of the cape was W. N. W.
  13. The situation of one object, with respect to another, such situation being supposed to have a connection with the object, or influence upon it, or to be influenced by it; hence, relation; connection.
  14. The widest part of a vessel below the plank- sheer.


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