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bear·ing down

(bār'ing down),
Expulsive effort of a parturient woman in the second stage of labor.

bearing down

[ber′ing]
Etymology: OE, beran, to bear, adune, down
a voluntary effort by a woman in the second stage of labor to aid in the expulsion of a fetus. By applying the Valsalva maneuver, the mother increases intraabdominal pressure.

bear·ing down

(bār'ing down)
Expulsive effort of a parturient woman in the second stage of labor.

bearing down

1. The pains experienced in the second stage of labour.
2. The expulsive effort made by a woman in contracting the abdominal muscles and diaphragm in labour.
3. A sense of something descending in the pelvis experienced by women with PROLAPSE of the womb.
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Another hurricane was bearing down on the southern United States on Tuesday, even as Los Angeles was hit with its first rainstorm of the season.
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With another major storm bearing down on Southern California, crews scrambled Thursday to fix leaks in the new $900,000 roof at Los Angeles City Hall, which recently underwent a $300 million seismic upgrade.
With Hurricane Rita now bearing down on the coast of Texas, which has a very high density of oil and natural gas refineries, these issues may see a spark in the days to come.
The senior recovered a snap that sailed over his head, then managed to punt the ball on the run with two defenders bearing down on him.
In spite of the hurricane bearing down on New Orleans, the event was well attended by a crowd that filled Decatur Street in a lively parade and included dignitaries from the Louisiana Governor's office, the New Orleans Mayor's office and other local politicians who attended to show their support for the attraction.