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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\  (b[^a]r),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Bore}  (b[=o]r)  (formerly 
  {Bare}  (b[^a]r));  p.  p.  {Born}  (b[^o]rn),  {Borne}  (b[=o]r); 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Bearing}.]  [OE.  beren,  AS  beran,  beoran  to 
  bear,  carry,  produce;  akin  to  D.  baren  to  bring  forth,  G. 
  geb["a]ren,  Goth.  ba['i]ran  to  bear  or  carry,  Icel.  bera,  Sw 
  b["a]ra,  Dan.  b[ae]re,  OHG.  beran,  peran,  L.  ferre  to  bear, 
  carry,  produce,  Gr  fe`rein,  OSlav  brati  to  take  carry,  OIr. 
  berim  I  bear,  Skr.  bh[.r]  to  bear.  [root]92.  Cf  {Fertile}.] 
  1.  To  support  or  sustain;  to  hold  up 
 
  2.  To  support  and  remove  or  carry;  to  convey. 
 
  I  'll  bear  your  logs  the  while  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  conduct;  to  bring  --  said  of  persons.  [Obs.] 
 
  Bear  them  to  my  house.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  possess  and  use  as  power;  to  exercise. 
 
  Every  man  should  bear  rule  in  his  own  house. 
  --Esther  i. 
  22. 
 
  5.  To  sustain;  to  have  on  (written  or  inscribed,  or  as  a 
  mark),  as  the  tablet  bears  this  inscription. 
 
  6.  To  possess  or  carry,  as  a  mark  of  authority  or 
  distinction;  to  wear;  as  to  bear  a  sword,  badge,  or  name 
 
  7.  To  possess  mentally;  to  carry  or  hold  in  the  mind;  to 
  entertain;  to  harbor  --Dryden. 
 
  The  ancient  grudge  I  bear  him  --Shak. 
 
  8.  To  endure;  to  tolerate;  to  undergo;  to  suffer. 
 
  Should  such  a  man,  too  fond  to  rule  alone,  Bear, 
  like  the  Turk,  no  brother  near  the  throne.  --Pope. 
 
  I  cannot  bear  The  murmur  of  this  lake  to  hear. 
  --Shelley. 
 
  My  punishment  is  greater  than  I  can  bear.  --Gen.  iv 
  13. 
 
  9.  To  gain  or  win.  [Obs.] 
 
  Some  think  to  bear  it  by  speaking  a  great  word 
  --Bacon. 
 
  She  was  .  .  .  found  not  guilty,  through  bearing  of 
  friends  and  bribing  of  the  judge.  --Latimer. 
 
  10.  To  sustain,  or  be  answerable  for  as  blame,  expense, 
  responsibility,  etc 
 
  He  shall  bear  their  iniquities.  --Is.  liii 
  11. 
 
  Somewhat  that  will  bear  your  charges.  --Dryden. 
 
  11.  To  render  or  give  to  bring  forward.  ``Your  testimony 
  bear''  --Dryden. 
 
  12.  To  carry  on  or  maintain;  to  have  ``The  credit  of 
  bearing  a  part  in  the  conversation.''  --Locke. 
 
  13.  To  admit  or  be  capable  of  that  is  to  suffer  or  sustain 
  without  violence,  injury,  or  change. 
 
  In  all  criminal  cases  the  most  favorable 
  interpretation  should  be  put  on  words  that  they  can 
  possibly  bear.  --Swift. 
 
  14.  To  manage,  wield,  or  direct.  ``Thus  must  thou  thy  body 
  bear.''  --Shak.  Hence:  To  behave;  to  conduct. 
 
  Hath  he  borne  himself  penitently  in  prison  ? 
  --Shak. 
 
  15.  To  afford;  to  be  to  to  supply  with 
 
  His  faithful  dog  shall  bear  him  company.  --Pope. 
 
  16.  To  bring  forth  or  produce;  to  yield;  as  to  bear  apples; 
  to  bear  children;  to  bear  interest. 
 
  Here  dwelt  the  man  divine  whom  Samos  bore. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  In  the  passive  form  of  this  verb  the  best  modern  usage 
  restricts  the  past  participle  born  to  the  sense  of 
  brought  forth,  while  borne  is  used  in  the  other  senses 
  of  the  word  In  the  active  form  borne  alone  is  used  as 
  the  past  participle. 
 
  {To  bear  down}. 
  a  To  force  into  a  lower  place  to  carry  down  to 
  depress  or  sink.  ``His  nose,  .  .  .  large  as  were  the 
  others  bore  them  down  into  insignificance.'' 
  --Marryat. 
  b  To  overthrow  or  crush  by  force;  as  to  bear  down  an 
  enemy. 
 
  {To  bear  a  hand}. 
  a  To  help;  to  give  assistance. 
  b  (Naut.)  To  make  haste;  to  be  quick. 
 
  {To  bear  in  hand},  to  keep  one  up  in  expectation,  usually 
  by  promises  never  to  be  realized;  to  amuse  by  false 
  pretenses;  to  delude.  [Obs.]  ``How  you  were  borne  in  hand, 
  how  crossed.''  --Shak. 
 
  {To  bear  in  mind},  to  remember. 
 
  {To  bear  off}. 
  a  To  restrain;  to  keep  from  approach. 
  b  (Naut.)  To  remove  to  a  distance;  to  keep  clear  from 
  rubbing  against  anything  as  to  bear  off  a  blow;  to 
  bear  off  a  boat. 
  c  To  gain;  to  carry  off  as  a  prize. 
 
  {To  bear  one  hard},  to  owe  one  a  grudge.  [Obs.]  ``C[ae]sar 
  doth  bear  me  hard.''  --Shak. 
 
  {To  bear  out}. 
  a  To  maintain  and  support  to  the  end  to  defend  to  the 
  last  ``Company  only  can  bear  a  man  out  in  an  ill 
  thing.''  --South. 
  b  To  corroborate;  to  confirm. 
 
  {To  bear  up},  to  support;  to  keep  from  falling  or  sinking. 
  ``Religious  hope  bears  up  the  mind  under  sufferings.'' 
  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  To  uphold;  sustain;  maintain;  support;  undergo;  suffer; 
  endure;  tolerate;  carry;  convey;  transport;  waft. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  produce,  as  fruit;  to  be  fruitful,  in  opposition  to 
  barrenness. 
 
  This  age  to  blossom,  and  the  next  to  bear.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  suffer,  as  in  carrying  a  burden. 
 
  But  man  is  born  to  bear.  --Pope. 
 
  3.  To  endure  with  patience;  to  be  patient. 
 
  I  can  not  can  not  bear.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  press;  --  with  on  or  upon  or  against. 
 
  These  men  bear  hard  on  the  suspected  party. 
  --Addison. 
 
  5.  To  take  effect;  to  have  influence  or  force;  as  to  bring 
  matters  to  bear. 
 
  6.  To  relate  or  refer;  --  with  on  or  upon  as  how  does  this 
  bear  on  the  question? 
 
  7.  To  have  a  certain  meaning,  intent,  or  effect. 
 
  Her  sentence  bore  that  she  should  stand  a  certain 
  time  upon  the  platform.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  8.  To  be  situated,  as  to  the  point  of  compass,  with  respect 
  to  something  else;  as  the  land  bears  N.  by  E. 
 
  {To  bear  against},  to  approach  for  attack  or  seizure;  as  a 
  lion  bears  against  his  prey.  [Obs.] 
 
  {To  bear  away}  (Naut.),  to  change  the  course  of  a  ship,  and 
  make  her  run  before  the  wind. 
 
  {To  bear  back},  to  retreat.  ``Bearing  back  from  the  blows  of 
  their  sable  antagonist.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  {To  bear  down  upon}  (Naut.),  to  approach  from  the  windward 
  side  as  the  fleet  bore  down  upon  the  enemy. 
 
  {To  bear  in  with}  (Naut.),  to  run  or  tend  toward;  as  a  ship 
  bears  in  with  the  land. 
 
  {To  bear  off}  (Naut.),  to  steer  away  as  from  land. 
 
  {To  bear  up}. 
  a  To  be  supported;  to  have  fortitude;  to  be  firm;  not  to 
  sink;  as  to  bear  up  under  afflictions. 
  b  (Naut.)  To  put  the  helm  up  (or  to  windward)  and  so  put 
  the  ship  before  the  wind;  to  bear  away  --Hamersly. 
 
  {To  bear  upon}  (Mil.),  to  be  pointed  or  situated  so  as  to 
  affect;  to  be  pointed  directly  against,  or  so  as  to  hit 
  (the  object);  as  to  bring  or  plant  guns  so  as  to  bear 
  upon  a  fort  or  a  ship;  the  artillery  bore  upon  the  center. 
 
 
  {To  bear  up  to},  to  tend  or  move  toward;  as  to  bear  up  to 
  one  another. 
 
  {To  bear  with},  to  endure;  to  be  indulgent  to  to  forbear  to 
  resent,  oppose,  or  punish. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\,  n. 
  A  bier.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\,  n.  [OE.  bere,  AS  bera;  akin  to  D.  beer,  OHG.  bero, 
  pero,  G.  b["a]r,  Icel.  &  Sw  bj["o]rn,  and  possibly  to  L. 
  fera  wild  beast,  Gr  ?  beast,  Skr.  bhalla  bear.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  species  of  the  genus  Ursus,  and  of  the 
  closely  allied  genera.  Bears  are  plantigrade  Carnivora, 
  but  they  live  largely  on  fruit  and  insects. 
 
  Note:  The  European  brown  bear  ({U.  arctos}),  the  white  polar 
  bear  ({U.  maritimus}),  the  grizzly  bear  ({U. 
  horribilis}),  the  American  black  bear,  and  its  variety 
  the  cinnamon  bear  ({U.  Americanus}),  the  Syrian  bear 
  ({Ursus  Syriacus}),  and  the  sloth  bear,  are  among  the 
  notable  species. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  An  animal  which  has  some  resemblance  to  a  bear 
  in  form  or  habits,  but  no  real  affinity;  as  the  woolly 
  bear;  ant  bear;  water  bear;  sea  bear. 
 
  3.  (Astron.)  One  of  two  constellations  in  the  northern 
  hemisphere,  called  respectively  the  {Great  Bear}  and  the 
  {Lesser  Bear},  or  {Ursa  Major}  and  {Ursa  Minor}. 
 
  4.  Metaphorically:  A  brutal,  coarse,  or  morose  person. 
 
  5.  (Stock  Exchange)  A  person  who  sells  stocks  or  securities 
  for  future  delivery  in  expectation  of  a  fall  in  the 
  market. 
 
  Note:  The  bears  and  bulls  of  the  Stock  Exchange,  whose 
  interest  it  is  the  one  to  depress,  and  the  other  to 
  raise,  stocks,  are  said  to  be  so  called  in  allusion  to 
  the  bear's  habit  of  pulling  down  and  the  bull's  of 
  tossing  up 
 
  6.  (Mach.)  A  portable  punching  machine. 
 
  7.  (Naut.)  A  block  covered  with  coarse  matting;  --  used  to 
  scour  the  deck. 
 
  {Australian  bear}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Koala}. 
 
  {Bear  baiting},  the  sport  of  baiting  bears  with  dogs. 
 
  {Bear  caterpillar}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  hairy  larva  of  a  moth, 
  esp.  of  the  genus  {Euprepia}. 
 
  {Bear  garden}. 
  a  A  place  where  bears  are  kept  for  diversion  or 
  fighting. 
  b  Any  place  where  riotous  conduct  is  common  or 
  permitted.  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  {Bear  leader},  one  who  leads  about  a  performing  bear  for 
  money;  hence  a  facetious  term  for  one  who  takes  charge  of 
  a  young  man  on  his  travels. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\,  v.  t.  (Stock  Exchange) 
  To  endeavor  to  depress  the  price  of  or  prices  in  as  to 
  bear  a  railroad  stock;  to  bear  the  market. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bear  \Bear\,  Bere  \Bere\,  n.  [AS.  bere.  See  {Barley}.]  (Bot.) 
  Barley;  the  six-rowed  barley  or  the  four-rowed  barley, 
  commonly  the  former  ({Hord.  vulgare}).  [Obs.  except  in  North 
  of  Eng.  and  Scot.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bear 
  n  1:  massive  plantigrade  carnivorous  or  omnivorous  mammals  with 
  long  shaggy  coats  and  strong  claws 
  2:  an  investor  with  a  pessimistic  market  outlook  [ant:  {bull}] 
  v  1:  have:  "bear  a  resemblance";  "bear  a  signature" 
  2:  give  birth  (to  a  newborn);  "My  wife  had  twins  yesterday!" 
  [syn:  {give  birth},  {deliver},  {birthe},  {birth},  {have}] 
  3:  put  up  with  something  or  somebody  unpleasant;  "I  cannot  bear 
  his  constant  criticism";  "The  new  secretary  had  to  endure 
  a  lot  of  unprofessional  remarks"  [syn:  {endure},  {stomach}, 
  {stand},  {tolerate},  {brook},  {abide},  {suffer},  {put  up}] 
  4:  move  while  holding  up  or  supporting;  "Bear  gifts";  "bear  a 
  heavy  load";  also  with  communication  nouns:  "bear  news"; 
  "bearing  orders" 
  5:  bring  forth,  "The  apple  tree  bore  delicious  apples  this 
  year";  "The  unidentified  plant  bore  gorgeous  flowers" 
  [syn:  {turn  out}] 
  6:  take  on  as  one's  own  expenses  or  debts  of  another  person; 
  "I'll  accept  the  charges";  "She  agreed  to  bear  the 
  responsibility"  [syn:  {take  over},  {accept},  {assume}] 
  7:  contain  or  hold  have  within:  "The  jar  carries  wine";  "The 
  canteen  holds  fresh  water";  "This  can  contains  water" 
  [syn:  {hold},  {carry},  {contain}] 
  8:  bring  in  as  of  investments;  "interest-bearing  accounts"; 
  "How  much  does  this  savings  certificate  pay  annually?" 
  [syn:  {yield},  {pay}] 
  9:  have  one  one's  person;  "He  wore  a  red  ribbon";  "bear  a  scar" 
  [syn:  {wear}] 
  10:  behave  in  a  certain  manner;  "She  carried  herself  well";  "he 
  bore  himself  with  dignity";  "They  conducted  themselves 
  well  during  these  difficult  times"  [syn:  {behave},  {acquit}, 
  {deport},  {conduct},  {comport},  {carry}] 
  11:  have  rightfully;  of  rights,  titles,  and  offices;  "She  bears 
  the  title  of  Duchess";  "He  held  the  governorship  for 
  almost  a  decade"  [syn:  {hold}] 
  12:  support  or  hold  in  a  certain  manner;  "She  holds  her  head 
  high";  "He  carried  himself  upright"  [syn:  {hold},  {carry}] 
  13:  be  pregnant  with  "She  is  bearing  his  child";  "The  are 
  expecting  another  child  in  January"  [syn:  {carry},  {gestate}, 
  {expect}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Bear,  DE 
  Zip  code(s):  19701 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bear 
  a  native  of  the  mountain  regions  of  Western  Asia,  frequently 
  mentioned  in  Scripture.  David  defended  his  flocks  against  the 
  attacks  of  a  bear  (1  Sam.  17:34-37).  Bears  came  out  of  the  wood 
  and  destroyed  the  children  who  mocked  the  prophet  Elisha  (2 
  Kings  2:24).  Their  habits  are  referred  to  in  Isa.  59:11;  Prov. 
  28:15;  Lam.  3:10.  The  fury  of  the  female  bear  when  robbed  of  her 
  young  is  spoken  of  (2  Sam.  17:8;  Prov.  17:12;  Hos.  13:8).  In 
  Daniel's  vision  of  the  four  great  monarchies,  the  Medo-Persian 
  empire  is  represented  by  a  bear  (7:5). 
 




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