Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails.
bear v. t. To support or sustain; to hold up.
bear v. t. To support and remove or carry; to convey.
bear v. t. To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons.
bear v. t. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
bear v. t. To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
bear v. t. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
bear v. t. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor
bear v. t. To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.
bear v. t. To gain or win.
bear v. t. To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.
bear v. t. To render or give; to bring forward.
bear v. t. To carry on, or maintain; to have.
bear v. t. To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
bear v. t. To manage, wield, or direct.
bear v. t. To behave; to conduct.
bear v. t. To afford; to be to; to supply with.
bear v. t. To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.
bear v. i. To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.
bear v. i. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
bear v. i. To endure with patience; to be patient.
bear v. i. To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
bear v. i. To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.
bear v. i. To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?
bear v. i. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
bear v. i. To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
bear n. A bier.
bear n. Any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects.
bear n. 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.
bear n. One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
bear n. Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person.
bear n. A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market.
bear n. A portable punching machine.
bear n. A block covered with coarse matting; -- used to scour the deck.
bear v. t. To endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market.
bear n. Alt. of Bere
bear v. give birth
v. endure; carry; support; suffer; produce
n. large mammal of the family Ursidae