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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. (If the bearings that allow the crankshaft to turn freely are worn out, the crankshaft cannot turn so the engine cannot run.)
    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. (It's as if the closet has had every foundation and bearing wall removed but still stands, supported by mere expediency, etiquette and the lingering shards of shame.)

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