ear·drum | \ˈir-ˌdrəm \

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Everything else is a spotty affair of hit and miss that ends up feeling much longer than the 52 minutes that are presented to our eardrums. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "A$AP Rocky Returns With 'Testing,' His Most Experimental Album to Date," 25 May 2018 Pathetically, given the NFL’s past standards, that could hurt him more in the league’s eyes than allegedly punching his live-in girlfriend eight to 10 times in the head and rupturing her eardrum. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers’ response to Foster charges is shameful," 12 Apr. 2018 Ennis, Foster's ex-girlfriend, was on the stand Thursday for a preliminary hearing for Foster's felony domestic violence charge related to a Feb. 11 incident in which Ennis claimed Foster ruptured her eardrum. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Reuben Foster's Accuser Testifies at Preliminary Hearing She Lied About Domestic Violence Incident," 17 May 2018 Soccer players like to go down with the slightest push and make a face like someone is removing their wisdom teeth through their eardrums. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: World Cup 2018 fever finds an unlikely patient," 24 June 2018 In a society without a safety net, even home is unsafe — a point underlined by the eardrum-rupturing booms set off elsewhere in Brigid and Rich’s building. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family is a miracle in SHN’s ‘The Humans’," 7 June 2018 These actions help exercise your Eustachian tubes and equalize the air pressure behind your eardrums when other methods don’t work, such as pinching your nose and blowing. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 6 June 2018 That means, unlike humans, their eardrums are sensitive to vibrations at higher frequencies. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Sprinkles Dance," 31 May 2018 For a student with an earache, say, the technician can first assess the eardrum in person, take video and photos of the ear canal, and connect the student to a doctor for a real-time consultation. Emily Holland, WSJ, "Telemedicine Reinvents the Visit to the School Nurse," 25 May 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of eardrum

: a thin, tightly stretched piece of tissue in the ear that vibrates when sound waves hit it


ear·drum | \ˈir-ˌdrəm \

Kids Definition of eardrum

: the membrane that separates the outer and middle parts of the ear and vibrates when sound waves strike it


ear·drum | \-ˌdrəm \

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