ear·​drum | \ˈir-ˌdrəm \

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In an extreme case, the pressure could lead to a perforated eardrum. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Lightning strikes can also rupture eardrums, as well as burn clothes and cause blood vessel ruptures that form a Lichtenberg figure, a tree-like scarring pattern, on the skin. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightening," 15 Aug. 2018 Bivens suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture after she was allegedly shoved down by Ambriz, the newspaper reported, citing a criminal complaint. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "West Virginia meteorologist accused of shoving news anchor, fracturing her skull in fight," 31 Aug. 2018 The ping of Muslera's crossbar met the eardrums of 84,000 spectators inside a hushed Soccer City, replacing the jubilant scenes of celebration that many were eagerly awaiting. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 9 Days to Go - How Luis Suarez Became Football’s Ultimate Pantomime Villain," 5 June 2018 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

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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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