ear canal

noun

Definition of ear canal

: the tubular passage of the outer ear leading to the tympanic membrane

Examples of ear canal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Galaxy Buds+, Pixel Buds and even AirPods Pro, these don’t go fully into the ear canal, but rather sit right outside it. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Surface Earbuds deliver on comfort and sound, but the price leaves you wanting more," 2 July 2020 Pixel Buds 2 opt for a noticeable-yet-subtle spread of bass through the ear canal. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pixel Buds 2 review: These earbuds are “much better than OK,” Google," 25 May 2020 Cons: The three-layer structure doesn’t block as much sound as some other options when used by people with medium to large ear canals. Emily Price, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Earplugs for Sleeping Through the Night, No Matter Where You Are," 10 Apr. 2020 Pros: Easy to insert deep inside your ear canal and easy to remove. Emily Price, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Earplugs for Sleeping Through the Night, No Matter Where You Are," 10 Apr. 2020 Rather than plugging up your ear canal, the ear plugs instead work like a cover, shielding it from sound without putting anything directly inside. Emily Price, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Earplugs for Sleeping Through the Night, No Matter Where You Are," 10 Apr. 2020 In contrast, the birds grew two upper jaws, from which two sets of eardrums and ear canals sprouted. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "A 100-Year Debate about the Eardrum Comes to an End," 1 July 2015 The face is connected to the skull at three points: The ear canals, the eye sockets and the muzzle. Aj Willingham, CNN, "We taxidermied a rat. All it takes is a little imagination ... and a lot of Borax," 8 Feb. 2020 Due to the curvature of the ear canals, debris can become trapped. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Clean Your Dog's Ears, According to a Veterinarian," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ear canal

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ear canal was in 1859

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7 Jul 2020

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“Ear canal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ear%20canal. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for ear canal

ear canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ear canal

: the tube that leads into the ear

ear canal

noun

Medical Definition of ear canal

: the tubular passage of the outer ear leading to the tympanic membrane

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