noun Date: 13th century 1. the manner in which one bears or comports oneself 2. a. the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit b. a product of bearing ; crop 3. a. an object, surface, or point that supports b. a machine part in which another part (as a journal or pin) turns or slides 4. a figure borne on a heraldic field 5. pressure, thrust 6. a. the situation or horizontal direction of one point with respect to another or to the compass b. a determination of position c. plural comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation d. relation, connection; also purport 7. the part of a structural member that rests on its supports Synonyms: bearing, deportment, demeanor, mien, manner, carriage mean the outward manifestation of personality or attitude. bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture <
a woman of regal bearing
. deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training <
your deportment was atrocious
. demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior <
the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter
. mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor <
a mien of supreme self-satisfaction
. manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others <
the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders
. carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking <
the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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