• Photo of a Burden Bearer
    Photo of a Burden Bearer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bearer someone whose employment involves carrying something "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"
    • n bearer the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it "the bond was marked `payable to bearer'"
    • n bearer a messenger who bears or presents "a bearer of good tidings"
    • n bearer one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. Samson, Saul, Saul's armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas.
    • Bearer A palanquin carrier; also, a house servant.
    • Bearer (Print) A strip of reglet or other furniture to bear off the impression from a blank page; also, a type or type-high piece of metal interspersed in blank parts to support the plate when it is shaved.
    • Bearer A tree or plant yielding fruit; as, a good bearer .
    • Bearer (Com) One who holds a check, note, draft, or other order for the payment of money; as, pay to bearer .
    • Bearer One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries. "Bearers of burdens.""The bearer of unhappy news."
    • Bearer Specifically: One who assists in carrying a body to the grave; a pallbearer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bearer One who bears, carries, or sustains; a carrier; specifically, one who carries anything as the attendant of another: as, St. Christopher, or the Christ-bearer (the meaning of the name); a sword-bearer, an armor-bearer, a palanquin-bearer, etc.
    • n bearer One who carries a body to the grave; a pall-bearer.
    • n bearer In India: A palanquin-carrier. A domestic servant who has charge of his master's clothes, furniture, etc.
    • n bearer In banking and com., one who holds or presents for payment a check or order for money, payment of which is not limited by the drawer to a specified individual or firm. Checks payable to bearer need no indorsement.
    • n bearer One who wears anything, as a badge or sword; a wearer.
    • n bearer In old law, one who bears down or oppresses others by vexatiously assisting a third party in maintaining a suit against them; a maintainor.
    • n bearer Any part of a structure or machine that serves as a support to some other part A support for the fire-bars of a furnace. The support of the puppets in a lathe. plural In a rolling-mill, the housings or standards in which the roller-gudgeons turn. One of the strips which extend over a molding-trough and serve to support the fiask.
    • n bearer In printing: A strip of wood or metal, type-high, put in any exposed place in a form of type or on a press, for the purpose of bearing off impression and preventing injury to type or woodcuts. plural Type-high pieces of metal placed in the very open spaces and over the heads of pages to be stereotyped, and also type-high strips of metal placed around pages or forms to be electrotyped, to prevent injury to the face of the type or the plates in the subsequent processes, and cut away from the plates before printing.
    • n bearer In heraldry, a supporter.
    • n bearer A roll of padding forming a kind of bustle, formerly worn by women to support and distend their skirts “at their setting on at the bodies.”
    • n bearer In an organ, one of the thin pieces of wood attached to the upper side of a sound-board, to form guides for the register-slides which command the openings in the top of a wind-chest leading to the pipes of the separate systems of pipes which form the stops.
    • n bearer A tree or plant that yields fruit or flowers.
    • n bearer In shipbuilding, a support or foundation in the interior of a vessel for engines or boilers: usually in the plural: as, engine-bearers, boiler-bearers.
    • n bearer A person, usually a woman or girl, who formerly carried coal in baskets from the workings to the shaft, and in many cases up the ladders to the surface. The bearer was usually the miner's wife or daughter.
    • n bearer In geometry, a system of costraight points is called a range, of which the straight is the bearer. A system of copunctal straights is called a pencil, of which the intersection point is the bearer.
    • n bearer plural In mining, pieces of timber 3 or 4 feet longer than the breadth of a shaft, which are fixed into the solid rock at the sides at certain intervals: used as foundations for sets of timber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Bearer one who or that which bears, esp. one who assists in carrying a body to the grave: a carrier or messenger
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There will be no crown bearers in heaven who are not cross bearers on earth.”
  • Bible
    “Where no wood is, the fire goes out; so where there is no tale bearer, the strife ceaseth.”
  • Buddha
    “Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Anyone who thinks hard work will never hurt you has never had to pay to have it done. Jesus now has many lovers of his Heavenly Kingdom, but few bearers of his cross.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beran; Goth. bairan, L. ferre, Gr. pher-ein, Sans. bhri.


In literature:

Ellen's bearer same next.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sceptre-bearer presented the sceptre.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sun reflecting his rays from the bearer, "Quousque avertes" (How long wilt thou avert thy face)?
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
A good bearer, but requires a warm, long season.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Many a blue soldier fell; the colour-bearer pitched forward, the line wavered, gave back.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Many southern pecan trees in this locality are wonderful lawn trees but as bearers they are worthless.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
As a cadet at Putnam Hall, he had never had any use for a tale bearer.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Fur bearers will stand more rough usage and may be tied together by heads or feet or packed in game bag or pocket.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
A crowd of comrades, similarly affected more or less, followed the torch-bearer and pushed him on.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Every martyr for the truth was a torch bearer, whose light was extinguished.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger

In poetry:

"Here your Hamar-made matches!"
No phosphorus-poison more!
The bearer of light up-catches
The work of the school before:—
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
I held him holy. Holier both
Than aught the bearers of the bier,
Thoum-aesh-neith and Auramoth,
Saw in the hiding-house of fear.
"The Wild Ass" by Aleister Crowley
A billowy sea of steeds and riders grim
Mailed to the very lips—
Each one the bearer of some doom, like him
In the Apocalypse.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
As for us,
The captains told us off to wait on them,
Bearers of wounded enemies and friends,
Bearers of messages, bearers of store.
"Rosamund" by Jean Ingelow
On the steps of the Olsany taverns
I used to crouch at night to hear
the coffin-bearers and grave-diggers
singing their rowdy songs.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
And truly while I speak, O King,
I hear the bearers on the stair;
Wilt thou they straightway bring him in?
--Ho! enter ye who tarry there!
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

"Bob" Bearer , 87, Carrolltown, died Tuesday.
The Budapest String Quartet has always been my standard-bearer for chamber music.
Funerals are usually pretty serious business, but these pall-bearers are putting the fun back in funeral.
The Crow Wing Squadron will have four cadet (teen) members participating in the wreath-laying ceremony as flag-bearers, along with others from St Cloud and other military veterans.
Bernanke and Fed can't be sole bearers of economic certainty .
As they seek to maintain a power base in Albany, New York's Republicans have found an unlikely standard-bearer: the state's Democratic governor, Andrew M Cuomo.
In the wake of his loss to President Obama, the former GOP standard bearer has set off across the country in search of lighter moments.
Republicans are looking for a standard bearer who can defeat President Obama in 2012.
Tough guy ' ecstatic ' to be Canadian flag-bearer.
Tomorrow, the alt-country standard-bearers Old 97's celebrate the 15th anniversary of their signature third album, Too Far to Care, with the release of a double-disc, double-LP reissue.
Paul Bearer News Archive from SmackDown.
Each receives a wallet-sized membership card entitling the bearer to discounts to various local restaurants, classical music performances, CD purchases and more.
I hate to be a bearer of ill tidings, but I learned recently that one of America's favorite bedding plants is in trouble.
Clinton praised Obama as being the standard bearer for the Democratic party going forward.
This dual role as a writer and as a Tlingit culture bearer makes her unique among our Writer Laureates .

In science:

Advanced waves move backward in time to the emitter (instantaneous effect) and may act as a bearer of information.
Wheeler-Feynman Absorber Theory Viewed by Model of Expansive Nondecelerative Universe
Indeed, here we studied the relation between the taxonomy of a genome bearer, and the structure of that former. A structure may be defined in many ways, and here we explore the idea of ensemble of (considerably short) fragments of a sequence.
Codon Usage Bias Measured Through Entropy Approach
Nevertheless, the introduced indices of codon usage bias provide a researcher with new tool for knowledge retrieval concerning the relation between structure and function, and structure and taxonomy of the bearers of genetic entities.
Codon Usage Bias Measured Through Entropy Approach
The program on General Relativity and Gravitational Physics was organized by Claus Kiefer, the Chair of the Section, in consultation with other office bearers.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
The equational approach views (S, R) as a bearer of equations with the elements of S as the variables ranging over [0, 1] and with R as the generator of equations.
The Equational Approach to CF2 Semantics