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To bring to bear

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To bring to bear to bring into operation (with against, upon)
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Quotations

  • Lisa Alther
    Lisa Alther
    “I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beran; Goth. bairan, L. ferre, Gr. pher-ein, Sans. bhri.

Usage

In literature:

The chase lay helpless on the water, unable to bring her broadside guns to bear on her enemy.
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
Yet in some obstinate forms of disease, we can here bring to bear remedial means not to be found or applied elsewhere.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
We can bring causes to bear upon a child and change the child.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
There is no pain too great for me to bear, to find it out; no, even the anguish of remorse, if it brings you to God!
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Right steering brings all that power to bear on your little boat.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
The Devil has enough to bear, and for any harm which we bring to ourselves we should not lay the blame on him or fate.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
But having done so he could not bring himself to bear his disappointment quietly.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
In the meantime he could not bring his broadside guns to bear on the Bellevite for he was unable to come about.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
We must bear well to the west, which will bring us behind the skirmish lines.
"The Belgians to the Front" by Colonel James Fiske
Rather cumbersome and costly machinery, I should think, to bring to bear upon such a simple purpose.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
We bring our reason to bear upon the precepts of Moses, and those which are not for us we gently pass over.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Power in America is with those who can bring the greatest intellectual and moral force to bear upon a given point.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
Bring your masterly intellect to bear on the industrial problem.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The British ship, as it happened, could not bring a single gun to bear in return.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
Trench mortars may help where the Fleet can't bring their guns to bear.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Board her at once, while I bring our broadside to bear.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bringing the cruel lash to bear with extreme violence, he sent the dogs howling out upon the glassy surface.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
Its chief characteristic lies in the motives which it brings to bear upon conduct.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
He brings His pressure to bear, but we have to make the choice.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
Their duty is to bring the matter to the cognizance of the court, and to bear witness against the criminal.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
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In poetry:

With silent step and breathless care
The rescued one they softly bear,
And bring him, at their lord's behest,
To a couch of silken pillowed rest.
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Seconde" by Thomas Cooper
No power I wield, no influence can I bring,
To bear upon the heart of Czar or King,
But I can plead thy cause His throne before
Who reigns, and rules, and lives for evermore!
"Pray For Poland" by Janet Hamilton
No gift I bring but worship, and the love
Which all must bear to lovely souls and pure,
Those lights, that, when all else is dark, endure;
Stars in the night, to lift our eyes above;
"A Birthday Gift" by Robert Fuller Murray
"Lucius, dost thou not know
All such meetings end in death,
Thou wilt bring us both to woe,
Love, thy boldness steals my breath,
Pledged to feed the vestal flame,
Never can I bear thy name."
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
When wearisome sickness has taught me to languish
For Health, and the blessings it bears on its wing;
Let me hope (ah! how soon would it lessen my anguish),
That to--morrow will ease and serenity bring.
"To-Morrow - Written During Sickness." by Susanna Blamire
And if I thought I could bring my words on heaven to bear,
And if I thought I had some little influence there,
I would pray that I might be, if it only could be so.
As happy and gay as I was a half an hour ago.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Law Firms Bringing Diverse Resources To Bear On Clients' Diverse Needs: An Excellent Start.
Eugene Linden's review of Farley Mowat's "Woman in the Mists" (Oct 25) does well to question the depth and balance of perspective the book brings to bear on both Dian Fossey and gorilla conservation.
The veteran indie exec brings "Slumdog Millionaire" experience to bear on expanding Sundance's international program.
Dave May, a onetime All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers who was traded to Atlanta in order to bring back the local hero Hank Aaron, died on Oct 20 in Bear, Del.
Brandi Carlile bringing Bear Creek to Iroquois Amphitheater.
A Mojave Desert cross brings a lot of things to bear.
But unlike a traditional puzzle, AV projects differ in the pieces that integrators, installers, and consultants bring to bear.
Bear Week brings an estimated 8,000 visitors to Provincetown each year.
The Senate has scheduled an early evening procedural vote Tuesday for a sportsmen's bill that will decide the fate of 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from Canada as big-game trophies.
MILFORD- The 13th Annual Black Bear Film Festival is bringing agent 007 to local screens.
Some federal agencies are failing to pay the payroll taxes they owe, and the IRS lacks the range of enforcement powers it can bring to bear against other delinquent taxpayers, an audit has found.
Bear River students bring 'Hello Dolly ' musical to the stage.
Bill Main is a classic entrepreneur, bringing his tenacity and experience to bear on the daily challenges of operating a restaurant.
A slightly looser Grizzly Bear brings 'Shields' to the Greek.
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the US, bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington.
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In science:

Brion in ordinary K -theory that brings Kawamata–Viehweg vanishing to bear.
Positivity and Kleiman transversality in equivariant K-theory of homogeneous spaces
We proceed by suitably modifying Brion’s geometric argument that brings Kawamata–Viehweg vanishing to bear.
Positivity and Kleiman transversality in equivariant K-theory of homogeneous spaces
To support our study, we bring to bear mean-field theory, i.e., the nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation, and linear perturbation or Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory.
Metastable Quantum Phase Transitions in a Periodic One-dimensional Bose Gas: Mean-Field and Bogoliubov Analyses
The latter makes it possible to bring the powerful Vapnik– ˇCervonenkis theory to bear.
Limit theorems for empirical processes of cluster functionals
Our last section brings to bear all the earlier results on CG (t) eventually yielding that CG (t)/hti satisfies the hypotheses of Theorem 3.1.
A 3-local characterization of Co_2
Also, since model descriptions are not usually given in mathematical terms, it is difficult to bring mathematical analysis tools to bear, so that models are typically studied through simulation.
A Mathematical Framework for Agent Based Models of Complex Biological Networks
Moreover, there is good potential to bring that technique to bear on more complex examples as well.
Improvements for Free
In this paper, we will review the prior art in these areas and focus on the capabilities that the VAO is bringing to bear in support of time domain science.
Connecting the time domain community with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
The result is that they bring a different approach to bear.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
Bringing the fire -power of these surveys to bear on galaxy formation will be the logical next step.
CIW Cosmology Symposium: Conference Summary -- Observations
The Swift spacecraft executed a slew immediately to bring the narrow field X-ray Telescope (XRT; Burrows et al. 2005) and Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT; Roming et al. 2005) to bear on GRB050319, and observations with these started about 90 seconds after the burst trigger (230s after the burst onset).
Prompt optical observations of GRB050319 with the Swift UVOT
Our aim is to bring the theory of analogous polytopes to bear on the study of quasitoric manifolds, in the context of stably complex manifolds with compatible torus action.
Spaces of polytopes and cobordism of quasitoric manifolds
The twogroups model helps bring this information to bear, after one decides on the proper choice of f0 in (2.1).
Microarrays, Empirical Bayes and the Two-Groups Model
In § 6 we bring related binary classes, such as cataclysmic variables, to bear on the Binary Hypothesis.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
We bring new tools, in the form of orthogonal decompositions, to bear on the problem in order to determine the optimal portfolio in closed form.
Portfolio choice with jumps: A closed-form solution
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