Definition of hearing
1a : the process, function, or power of perceiving sound; specifically : the special sense by which noises and tones are received as stimulib : earshot
2a : opportunity to be heard, to present one's side of a case, or to be generally known or appreciatedb (1) : a listening to arguments (2) : a preliminary examination in criminal procedurec : a session (as of a legislative committee) in which testimony is taken from witnesses
3 chiefly dialectal : a piece of news
Examples of hearing in a Sentence
He suffered some loss of hearing in his right ear.
let's make sure she's out of hearing before I tell you what I got her for her birthday
Recent Examples of hearing from the Web
He is scheduled to be in court on July 13 for a plea hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer.
In the mid-50s, Cohn was in the headlines for the malicious circus of the hearings.
A DuPage County jail inmate awaiting trial on armed robbery charges allegedly injured a fellow inmate by slashing his throat in a weekend attack, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Monday.
Monday’s decision came after the state asked for a new hearing.
How one responds to a hearing notice can greatly affect the outcome.
Sullivan then dismissed the hearing, and Hummel exited the court house alone.
In a hearing on July 26, the settlement will be brought before a judge for approval.
Smith was the only member of the public who spoke during the four-minute public hearing.
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First Known Use of hearing
HEARING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hearing for English Language Learners
: the sense through which a person or animal is aware of sound : the ability to hear
: the distance within which someone's voice can be heard
: an opportunity to explain why you did, said, or believe something
HEARING Defined for Kids
Definition of hearing for Students
1 : the act or power of taking in sound through the ear : the sense by which a person hears
2 : earshot I yelled, but he was out of hearing.
3 : a chance to be heard or known Give both sides a fair hearing.
4 : a meeting at which arguments or testimony is heard a court hearing
Medical Definition of hearing
: the act or power of apprehending sound; specifically : one of the special senses of vertebrates that is concerned with the perception of sound, is mediated through the organ of Corti of the ear in mammals, is normally sensitive in humans to sound vibrations between 16 and 27,000 hertz but most receptive to those between 2000 and 5000 hertz, is conducted centrally by the cochlear branch of the auditory nerve, and is coordinated especially in the medial geniculate body
Legal Definition of hearing
1 : a proceeding of relative formality at which evidence and arguments may be presented on the matter at issue to be decided by a person or body having decision-making authority — compare trial Editor's note: The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for each side of a dispute, and especially a person who may be deprived of his or her rights, to present its position. A hearing, along with notice, is a fundamental part of procedural due process. Hearings are also held, as for example by a legislature or an administrative agency, for the purpose of gathering information and hearing the testimony of witnesses. administrative hearing : a hearing conducted by an official (as an administrative law judge) or a body (as a review board) of an administrative agency regarding an agency action and especially an action under dispute confirmation hearing 1 : a hearing conducted by the U.S. Senate to examine a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Editor's note: Article II of the U.S. Constitution provides for presidential appointment of Supreme Court justices “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.” 2 : a hearing held in a bankruptcy case prior to the confirmation of a proposed bankruptcy plan discharge hearing : a hearing in a bankruptcy case in which a debtor is informed that his or her discharge has been granted or is told the reasons why it has not been granted fair hearing : a hearing that is conducted impartially and in accordance with due process and for which the defendant has reasonable opportunity to prepare, the assistance of counsel, the right to present evidence, the opportunity to cross-examine adverse witnesses, and often the right to a jury fatico hearing \ˈfa-ti-kō-\ : a hearing sometimes held prior to the sentencing of a convicted criminal at which the parties may offer evidence as to appropriate sentencing Franks hearing \ˈfraŋks-\ : a hearing to determine whether statements made by police officers in an affidavit that was used to obtain a search warrant by which evidence incriminating the defendant was found are false and constitute perjury or reckless disregard for the truth Huntley hearing \ˈhənt-lē-\ : a Jackson-Denno hearing in the form of procedure used in New York Jackson–Denno hearing \ˈjak-sən-ˈde-nō-\ : a hearing to determine if a confession or statements made by a defendant were given involuntarily and so should be suppressed as evidence Mapp hearing \ˈmap-\ : a hearing to determine whether evidence should be suppressed on the ground that it was obtained as the result of an illegal search and seizure preliminary hearing : a hearing held after a criminal defendant's first appearance in court especially for the purpose of determining whether there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the felony with which he or she is charged —called also preliminary examination, probable cause hearing pretermination hearing \prē-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən-\ : a hearing held prior to the termination of a property interest (as employment or a benefit) probable cause hearing : preliminary hearing in this entry reaffirmation hearing : a hearing in a bankruptcy case at which a debtor may reaffirm dischargeable debts Editor's note: The reaffirmation hearing and discharge hearing are usually held simultaneously. suppression hearing : a hearing held in a criminal case to determine the admissibility of evidence that the defendant seeks to suppress — see also motion to suppress at motion taint hearing : a hearing held in a criminal case to determine if the prosecution's evidence is inadmissible because of some taint (as because it was obtained through procedures that violated the defendant's constitutional rights) valuation hearing : a hearing held in a bankruptcy case to determine the value of the debtor's property in which a creditor claims a lien or security interest Wade hearing \ˈwād-\ : a hearing in a criminal case to determine whether a witness's identification of the defendant (as in court or in a lineup) is tainted (as because of unfairly suggestive procedures) and therefore inadmissible as evidence
2 : a trial in equity practice
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