• Flat-bottomed Vessel of Bronze Open-work Bearing The Cartouches of Pharaoh KhÎti I
    Flat-bottomed Vessel of Bronze Open-work Bearing The Cartouches of Pharaoh KhÎti I
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bearing (of a structural member) withstanding a weight or strain
    • n bearing a rotating support placed between moving parts to allow them to move easily
    • n bearing heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    • n bearing dignified manner or conduct
    • n bearing characteristic way of bearing one's body "stood with good posture"
    • n bearing the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    • n bearing relevant relation or interconnection "those issues have no bearing on our situation"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Two polar bears with a seal they have caught Two polar bears with a seal they have caught
The bear invades the sugar party camp The bear invades the sugar party camp
Bear, Juniper and Twins Bear, Juniper and Twins
The Three Bears The Three Bears
The Bear in the Ice Pack The Bear in the Ice Pack
The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice
The bear The bear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first company to mass produce teddy bears was the Ideal Toy Company
    • Bearing (Her) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms -- commonly in the pl. "A carriage covered with armorial bearings ."
    • Bearing (Arch) Improperly, the unsupported span; as, the beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
    • Bearing Patient endurance; suffering without complaint.
    • Bearing Purport; meaning; intended significance; aspect.
    • Bearing (Arch) 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.
    • Bearing The act, power, or time of producing or giving birth; as, a tree in full bearing; a tree past bearing . "His mother] in travail of his bearing ."
    • Bearing (Naut) The line of flotation of a vessel when properly trimmed with cargo or ballast.
    • Bearing The manner in which one bears or conducts one's self; mien; behavior; carriage. "I know him by his bearing ."
    • Bearing (Mach) The part of an axle or shaft in contact with its support, collar, or boxing; the journal.
    • Bearing (Mach) The part of the support on which a journal rests and rotates.
    • Bearing (Arch) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
    • Bearing (Naut) 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.
    • Bearing 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. "But of this frame, the bearings and the ties,
      The strong connections, nice dependencies."
    • Bearing (Naut) The widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Koala bears also have finger prints that are almost identical to ours
    • n bearing Support, as of a principle or an action; maintenance; defense.
    • n bearing The act of enduring, especially of enduring patiently or without complaining; endurance.
    • n bearing The manner in which a person bears or comports himself; carriage; mien; behavior.
    • n bearing The mutual relation of the parts of a whole; mode of connection.
    • n bearing The special meaning or application of anything said or written.
    • n bearing The act or capability of producing or bringing forth: as, a tree past bearing.
    • n bearing In architecture, the space between the two fixed extremes of a beam or timber, or between one extreme and a supporter: that is, its unsupported span.
    • n bearing In machinery, the part in contact with which a journal moves; that part of a shaft or an axle which is in contact with its supports; in general, the part of any piece where it is supported, or the part of another piece on which it rests.
    • n bearing Same as bearing-note.
    • n bearing plural In ship-building, the widest part of a vessel below the plank-sheer; the line of flotation which is formed by the water on her sides when upright, with provisions, stores, etc., on board in proper trim.
    • n bearing In heraldry, any single charge of a coat of arms; any one of the ordinaries, or any heraldic bird, beast, or other figure (see charge); hence, in the plural, the whole heraldic display to which a person is entitled. See arm, 7.
    • n bearing The direction or point of the compass in which an object is seen, or the direction of one object from another, with reference to the points of the compass. In geology and mining, used in speaking either of the outcrop of the strata or of the direction of any metalliferous lode or deposit, whether under ground or at the surface: nearly synonymous with run, course, and strike.
    • bearing Supporting; sustaining: as, a bearing wall or partition (that is, a wall or partition supporting another).
    • bearing Solid; substantial: as, “a good bearing dinner,”
    • n bearing That part of a construction which receives a superincumbent weight.
    • n bearing The act or condition of taking or supporting that weight: thus, the upper bed of a block or pier affords a bearing of so many square inches; or may be said not to give a good bearing, or to need an iron plate to provide a better bearing.
    • n bearing That part of a superincumbent mass which rests directly upon the supporting member: thus, a lintel has 6 inches' (or 48 square inches') bearing at either end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Koala bears have fingerprints so similar to humans that they could be confused at a crime scene.
    • Bearing behaviour: situation of one object with regard to another: relation: that which is borne upon an escutcheon:
    • Bearing (mach.) the part of a shaft or axle in contact with its supports
    • ***


  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “Many commit the same crime with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villainy, another wears a crown.”
  • Streckfuss
    “Bear the inevitable with dignity.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.”
  • Thomas Campbell
    Thomas Campbell
    “To bear is to conquer our fate.”
  • Maria Mitchell
    Maria Mitchell
    “People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.”


Angry as a bear - If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.)
Bear fruit - If something bears fruit, it produces positive results.
Bear market - A bear market is a period when investors are pessimistic and expect financial losses so are more likely to sell than to buy shares.
Bear the brunt - People who bear the brunt of something endure the worst of something bad.
Come to bear - If something comes to bear on you, you start to feel the pressure or effect of it.
Cross to bear - If someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
Grin and bear it - If you have to grin and bear it, you have to accept something that you don't like.
Hungry as a bear - If you are hungry as a bear, it means that you are really hungry.


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


In literature:

I doubt whether even this table would bear five-and-twenty stone.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Do not be offended when I tell you that your people bear but an indifferent reputation among us Mexicans.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
I could bear that; but your silence and that miserable face, I cannot bear.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I would that you could bear Your exile as he bears it.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
They had cut in the right place, for the den of the bear was found directly under, but no bear!
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
I will bear her hence myself.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It bears a female name, Catherine Hohmann.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The bear is not difficult to kill.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
What was Little Black Bear doing all the time Little White Bear was down in Omnok's house, and what about Omnok's "pooksack"?
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
Rush reports one of his budded Rush trees four years old bearing fifty-seven walnuts this year.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various

In poetry:

Eve kneeleth sad and calm,
Bearing the martyr's palm;
I shriek above her psalm,
Woe is me!
"Woe Is Me" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I often hear it said
I bear myself too high;
It suits a little maid
To be reserved and shy.
"Song" by Jean Froissart
"It's torture!" - "Bear it!"
"A mown meadow -
My throat!" "Then wheeze:
That's a sound, too!"
"Conversation With A Genius" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Stretch of windless ocean sand,
With no green inchoate
Lilting of the sea, will bear
Only creosote.
"Heritage" by Norman MacLeod
You bid me hold my peace
And dry my fruitless tears,
Forgetting that I bear
A pain beyond my years.
"Worn Out" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I do not struggle more,
Nor pray, for prayer is vain;
I but lie still the weary hour,
And bear my pain.
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In news:

AP Photo In this Sunday, Sept 2 photo provided by by Black Bear Casino Resort, people examine a bacon cheeseburger measuring 10 feet in diameter and weighing more than a ton at Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton, Minn.
Packers-Bears II: Bears' defensive slide.
Big Bear, Ca, January 10, 2011, 12:00pm – The Board of Directors of the Big Bear City Community Services District has announced the appointment of Michael K Mayer to the new position of Chief Financial Officer .
Now the teams over which the Bears had tiebreakers are in playoff spots instead of the choking , embarrassing Bears.
Strong gusty west winds will bear sweep the mountains and deserts of San Diego County late tonight as a cold front out of the Gulf of Alaska bears down on the region, forecasters said.
Teddy Bear Toss 2011 at Germain Arena where over 7,000 bears were collected for the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Congratulations to the Bear River girl's varsity water polo team on winning the league title and bringing home the first water polo pennant to Bear River High School.
Two southern Oregon deer hunter s who shot a bear got a violent surprise Thursday when the wounded bear roused itself and attacked one of them.
Ryan Welch, founder and owner of Bear Busters, showcases his portable electric fence, a quick and easy way to deter bears from your home.
Researchers at the North American Bear Center are getting ready for a fourth season of watching bear hibernation through the use of the den cams.
If allowed to continue, arcing continues to damage the bearing and creates large grooves in the bearings, commonly referred to as fluting.
Jim Purvis/Knoxville Ice Bears Knoxville Ice Bears' Matt Pierce looks to pass the puck during Thursday's game against Fayettevile at Civic Coliseum.
Potsdam Bears men's hockey team members Brett Waters, Mike Arnold, Vinny Buttitta, Ken Simon, and Max Fogel present Hunter Cooke with a Bears jersey.
The Bear 100 is a 100 mile journey between Logan, Utah and Fish Haven, Idaho, crossing the Bear River Range of the northern Wasatch Mountains.
In this photo taken Oct 29, 2012, a bear plays inside an enclosure with a stick at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in Tam Dao, Vietnam.

In science:

A comment might be relevant in this connection that outside equilibrium, there is no reason why the thermodynamic entropy (characterizing individual macroscopic body) and the Shannon - von Neumann entropy (characterizing ensemble, i.e. bearing another physical information) should be identical.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
Although the present example is only a toy model, it is quite interesting to see that it bears some close resemblance with the other example of a modified spectrum found in Ref. .
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe
Visually similar to the tree representations found in classical literature and in recent research , string trees bear one significant difference.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Could the IR C stars be older than roughly 3 Gyr? Membership studies for Tr 5 and other potential C star-bearing open clusters would help to empirically set the upper age limit for C star formation.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
This phenomenon clearly bears some similarity to the effect of opening a closed system by converting its eigenvalues to resonances.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results