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.