What is bear?

  • (verb): Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person.
    Example: "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
    Synonyms: take over, accept, assume
    See also — Additional definitions below

Bear

Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although there are only eight living species of bear, 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.

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Some articles on bear:

Woolly Bear
... Woolly bear can mean The hairy caterpillars of the Arctiidae family of moths The hairy caterpillar of the Arctic Woolly Bear Moth (Gynaephora groenlandica) The ...
Bear, Delaware - Lack of Road Signs
... are no roadsigns on any area roads indicating directions to or the location of Bear ... The Bear interchange on Delaware Route 1 points to Elkton, Maryland and the mysterious "State Road" ... Route 7, which passes through the original "downtown" village of Bear, uses Red Lion and Christiana for directional signs ...
Ursa Constellation
... There are two Bear constellations Ursa Major constellation - the Great Bear, contains the Big Dipper Ursa Minor constellation - the Small Bear, contains the ...
Asian Black Bear - Taxonomy - Hybrids
... Asian black bears are reproductively compatible with several other bear species, and have on occasion produced hybrid offspring ... According to Jack Hanna's Monkeys on the Interstate, a bear captured in Sanford, Florida was thought to have been the offspring of an escaped female Asian black bear and an American black bear, and ... within Venezuela's "Las Delicias" Zoo, a female black bear shared its enclosure with a spectacled bear, and produced several hybrid descendants ...
Asian Black Bear - Relationships With Humans - In Folklore and Literature
... In Japanese culture, the black bear is traditionally associated with the mountain spirit (yama no kami) and is characterised variously as "mountain man" (yamaotoko), "mountain uncle ... Being a largely solitary creature, the bear is also viewed as "lonely person" (sabishigariya) ... Black bears feature very little in lowland Japanese folklore, but are prominent in upland Japan, a fact thought to reflect the bear's greater economic value in upland areas ...

More definitions of "bear":

  • (verb): Have on one's person.
    Example: "Bear a scar"
    Synonyms: wear
  • (verb): Support or hold in a certain manner.
    Synonyms: hold, carry
  • (verb): Have.
    Example: "Bear a resemblance"; "bear a signature"
  • (verb): Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.
    Synonyms: hold
  • (verb): Move while holding up or supporting.
    Example: "Bear gifts"; "bear a heavy load"; "bear news"; "bearing orders"
  • (noun): Massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws.
  • (noun): An investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price.

Famous quotes containing the word bear:

    If mothers are told to do this or that or the other,... they lose touch with their own ability to act.... Only too easily they feel incompetent. If they must look up everything in a book, they are always too late even when they do the right things, because the right things have to be done immediately. It is only possible to act at exactly the right point when the action is intuitive or by instinct, as we say. The mind can be brought to bear on the problem afterwards.
    D.W. Winnicott (20th century)

    Here’s neither bush nor shrub to bear off any weather at all. And another storm brewing, I hear it sing i’ the wind. Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor. If it should thunder as it did before, I know not where to hide my head. Yond same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailfuls.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Mountains of Whimseys, heaped in his own Brain,
    Stumbling from thought to thought, falls headlong down
    Into Doubt’s boundless Sea, where like to drown,
    Books bear him up a while, and make him try
    To swim with Bladders of Philosophy,
    John Wilmot, 2d Earl Of Rochester (1647–1680)