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. to bear away, 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.
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)
12. to carry on, or maintain; to have. The credit of bearing a part in the conversation.
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)
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. 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. . to overthrow or crush by force; as, to bear down an enemy. to bear a hand. to help; to give assistance.
to remove to a distance; to keep clear from rubbing against anything; as, to bear off a blow; to bear off a boat. to gain; to carry off, as a prize. to bear one hard, to owe one a grudge. Caesar doth bear me hard. . to bear out. to maintain and support to the end; to defend to the last. Company only can bear a man out in an ill thing. . to corroborate; to confirm. to bear up, to support; to keep from falling or sinking. Religious hope bears up the mind under sufferings. .
Origin: bore (formerly Bare); born, Borne; Bearing] [OE. Beren, as. Beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. Baren to bring forth, g. Gebaren, goth. Bairan to bear or carry, Icel. Bera, Sw. Bara, dan. Baere, OHG. Beran, peran, L. Ferre to bear, carry, produce, gr, OSlav brati to take, carry, OIr. Berim i bear, Skr. Bh to bear. Cf. Fertile.
The Euro 1000 pean 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.
4. Metaphorically: a brutal, coarse, or morose person.
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 bears habit of pulling down, and the bulls of tossing up.
(Science: zoology) The hairy larva of a moth, especially. Of the genus Euprepia. Bear garden. a place where bears are kept for diversion or fighting. Any place where riotous conduct is common or permitted. 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.