The manner in which one carries or conducts oneself: the poise and bearing of a champion. A machine or structural part that supports another part. A device that supports, guides, and reduces the friction of motion between fixed and moving machine parts. Something that supports weight. The part of an arch or beam that rests on a support. The act, power, or period of producing fruit or offspring. The quantity produced; yield. Direction, especially angular direction measured from one position to another using geographical or celestial reference lines. Awareness of one's position or situation relative to one's surroundings. Often used in the plural: lost my bearings after taking the wrong exit. Relevant relationship or interconnection: Those issues have no bearing on our situation. Heraldry A charge or device on a field. Architecture Designed to support structural weight: a bearing wall.