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bearer

[′ber·ər]
(civil engineering)
Any horizontal beam, joist, or member which supports a load.
(graphic arts)
In photoengraving, the metal left on a plate to protect the printing surface while molding.
In composition, one of the type-high slugs locked inside a chase to protect the printing surface.
In printing presses, one of the surface-to-surface ends of cylinders that come in contact.

bearer

1. Any horizontal beam, joist, or member which supports a load.
2. A support for a landing or winder in a stair.
3. The ribbon board in balloon framing, which supports second-floor joists.
4. A horizontal member of a scaffold upon which the platform rests and which may be supported by ledgers.
References in classic literature ?
One of the bearers was bitten by a poisonous snake, and though prompt measures were taken, the poison spread so rapidly that the man died.
It required a degree of courage unknown to them to do so; for just at that time, the slightest manifestation of humanity toward a colored person was denounced as abolitionism, and that name sub- jected its bearer to frightful liabilities.
whipped out a key, went in, and presently came back with the matter of ten pounds in gold and a cheque for the balance on Coutts's, drawn payable to bearer and signed with a name that I can't mention, though it's one of the points of my story, but it was a name at least very well known and often printed.
Nicholson had died about thirty, and left him with three children: a daughter two years, and a son about eight years younger than John; and John himself, the unlucky bearer of a name infamous in English history.
Fix instinctively took the passport, and with a rapid glance read the description of its bearer.
I was induced to marry her about three years ago, although she had but very little dowry, because Monsieur Laporte, the queen's cloak bearer, is her godfather, and befriends her.
said the other bearer, sitting on the edge of the hand-barrow.
His eminence cannot see the letter without the bearer of it," replied the young man; "but to convince you that I am really the bearer of a letter, see, here it is; and kindly add," continued he, "that I am not a simple messenger, but an envoy extraordinary.
He found himself invariably the first bearer of the intelligence, and was so pestered with questions that he could not avoid filling up the outline, till it became quite a respectable narrative.
And to each bearer also I will give a ten-gulden piece.
This," says Grandfather Smallweed, alluding to the bearer, who has been in danger of strangulation and who withdraws adjusting his windpipe, "is the driver of the cab.
On the strength of this, the general, soon after Eleanor's marriage, permitted his son to return to Northanger, and thence made him the bearer of his consent, very courteously worded in a page full of empty professions to Mr.