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bearing
  • noun
    A person's way of standing or moving. (a man of precise military bearing)
    Relation; relevance. (the case has no direct bearing on the issues)
    The level to which something bad can be tolerated. (school was bad enough, but now it's past bearing)
    A part of a machine that bears friction, especially between a rotating part and its housing.
    The direction or position of something, or the direction of movement, relative to a fixed point. It is usually measured in degrees, typically with magnetic north as zero. (the Point is on a bearing of 015°)
    A device or charge. (armorial bearings)
    A structural part that supports weight, such as a wall that supports a beam.

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