bearing vs presence what difference

what is difference between bearing and presence



  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛə̯ɹɪŋ/
  • (US) enPR: bâr’ĭng IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛəɹɪŋ

Etymology 1

From Middle English beringe, berynge, berende, berande, berand, from Old English berende (bearing; fruitful) (also as synonym Old English bǣrende), from Proto-Germanic *berandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *beraną (to bear; carry), equivalent to bear +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of bear


bearing (not comparable)

  1. (in combination) That bears (some specified thing).
    a gift-bearing visitor
  2. Of a beam, column, or other device, carrying weight or load.
    That’s a bearing wall.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English bering, beringe, berynge, equivalent to bear +‎ -ing.


bearing (plural bearings)

  1. (mechanical engineering) A mechanical device that supports another part and/or reduces friction.
  2. (navigation, nautical) The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and another object, or between it and that of true north; a heading or direction.
  3. (in the plural, especially in phrases such as ‘get one’s bearings’) One’s understanding of one’s orientation or relative position, literally or figuratively.
    Do we go left here or straight on? Hold on, let me just get my bearings.
    I started a new job last week, and I still haven’t quite found my bearings.
  4. Relevance; a relationship or connection.
    That has no bearing on this issue.
  5. One’s posture, demeanor, or manner.
    She walks with a confident, self-assured bearing.
  6. (architecture) That part of any member of a building which rests upon its supports.
    A lintel or beam may have four inches of bearing upon the wall.
  7. (architecture) The portion of a support on which anything rests.
  8. (architecture, proscribed) The unsupported span.
    The beam has twenty feet of bearing between its supports.
  9. (heraldry) Any single emblem or charge in an escutcheon or coat of arms.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Notes of a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo
      Jos Sedley’s open carriage, with its magnificent armorial bearings.
Related terms
  • find one’s bearings
  • get one’s bearings
  • lose one’s bearings
See also
  • ABEC
  • bearing on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • Binegar, bangier, barge in


Alternative forms

  • præsence (archaic)


Through Old French presence, from Latin praesentia (a being present), from praesentem. Displaced native Old English andweardnes.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛzəns/
  • Hyphenation: pres‧ence


presence (countable and uncountable, plural presences)

  1. The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand.
  2. The part of space within one’s immediate vicinity.
  3. A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with their audience.
  4. A quality that sets an individual out from others; a quality that makes them noticed and/or admired even if they are not speaking or performing.
  5. Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
  6. A company’s business activity in a particular market. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  7. (archaic) An assembly of great persons.
  8. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  9. (audio) Synonym of room tone


  • absence

Derived terms



presence (third-person singular simple present presences, present participle presencing, simple past and past participle presenced)

  1. (philosophy, transitive, intransitive) To make or become present.
    • 1985, David Edward Shaner, The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism: A Phenomenological Study of Kūkai and Dōgen, page 59,
      Within a completely neutral horizon, the primordial continuous stream of experience is presenced without interruption. As this time, the past and future have no meaning apart from the now in which they are presenced.
    • 1998, H. Peter Steeves, Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry, page 59,
      Just as the bread and butter can be presenced as more than just the bread and the butter, so baking a loaf of bread can be more than just the baking, the baker, and the bread.
    • 2005, James Phillips, Heidegger’s Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry, Stanford University Press, →ISBN (paperback), page 118,
      From the overtaxing of the regime’s paranoiac classifications and monitoring of the social field, Heidegger was to await in vain the presencing of that which is present, the revelation of the Being of beings in its precedence to governmental control.

Related terms

  • present
  • presentation
  • omnipresence

Further reading

  • presence in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “presence”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • presence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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