from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to support; to keep from falling or sinking.
- intransitive v. To put the helm up (or to windward) and so put the ship before the wind; to bear away.
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Willie went down to Millhaven Saturday, returned Sunday morning, he said when he reached Millhaven his feet were frozen to his stirrups; he passed over ice strong enough to bear up him and his horse.
"Allensworth behaved himself like a good citizen while in Bowling Green, and, although he has written or is about to write a book on 'Slavery from a Democratic Stand-point' the people are willing to forgive him, and should the President appoint him over the heads of old Democrats to minister to the spiritual wants of a crew of white men, they will find a way to bear up under it, if the sailors can.
For the present, I shall only take away that general answer which is usually given to the places of Scripture produced, to waive the sense of them; which is pharmakon pansophon to our adversaries, and serves them, as they suppose, to bear up all the weight wherewith in this case they are urged: —
She entered the drawing-room again on Mrs. Decatur's arm, and had stood a few minutes talking or listening, with that same concentration of all her faculties upon the effort to bear up outwardly, when Charlton came up to ask if he should leave her.
To moisten the sufferer's parched lips through the long night-watches, to bear up the drooping head, to lift the helpless limbs, to divine the want that can find no utterance beyond the feeble motion of the hand or beseeching glance of the eye ” these are offices that demand no self-questionings, no casuistry, no assent to propositions, no weighing of consequences.
His pants were tucked into his boots and bloused out above them, and his tiny feet were hardly big enough to bear up his weight.
To the Almighty Father of us all — the freeman and the slave — I poured forth the supplications of a broken spirit, imploring strength from on high to bear up against the burden of my troubles, until the morning light aroused the slumberers, ushering in another day of bondage.