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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 ?
said the other bearer, sitting on the edge of the hand-barrow.
The shoulder of one of the tramping bearers knocked heavily against the spectral soldier who was staring into the unknown.
At length the coffin had received its burden and was screwed down; after which the bearers placed it upon a bier, and set out.
The bearers went heavily forth, and the mourners followed, saddening all the street, with the dead before them, and Mr.
I occupied a special compartment in the train, and where ever I had to change I found at the station bearers who were ready to carry me for a few coppers.
We that go down to the chattris [the big umbrellas above the burning-ghats where the priests take their last dues] clutch hard at the bearers of the chattis [water-jars - young folk full of the pride of life, she meant; but the pun is clumsy].
It consists of a limp and ugly figure carried in a chair by two bearers and attended by a lean female with a face like a pinched mask, who might be expected immediately to recite the popular verses commemorative of the time when they did contrive to blow Old England up alive but for her keeping her lips tightly and defiantly closed as the chair is put down.
Then, accompanied by Umbopa, Khiva, Ventvogel, and half a dozen bearers whom we hired on the spot, we started off on foot upon our wild quest.
exclaimed different voices; and the heavy breathing of the bearers and the shuffling of their feet grew more hurried, as if the weight they were carrying were too much for them.
They played the National air called "The Oz Spangled Banner," and behind them were the standard bearers with the Royal flag.
Forty bearers carried our presents to Bekwando and it took us three months to get through.
Bumble had already arrived, accompanied by four men from the workhouse, who were to act as bearers.