hearing

noun
hear·​ing | \ ˈhir-iŋ \

Definition of hearing 

1a : the process, function, or power of perceiving sound specifically : the special sense by which noises and tones are received as stimuli
b : earshot
2a : opportunity to be heard, to present one's side of a case, or to be generally known or appreciated
b(1) : a listening to arguments
(2) : a preliminary examination in criminal procedure
c : a session (as of a legislative committee) in which testimony is taken from witnesses
3 chiefly dialectal : a piece of news

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Synonyms for hearing

Synonyms

earshot, hail, sound

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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

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Morsal suffers partial hearing loss from explosions and airstrikes. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 Several insiders confirmed it during testimony in recent appeal hearings. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan," 5 Dec. 2018 Hirono said in the hearings that his views on the status of native peoples should be considered offensive—and not just by Hawaiians. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Here Are the Senate Women at the Center of the Brett Kavanaugh Debate," 5 Oct. 2018 The bad news: Zuckerberg got about 10 minutes, at the end of the hearing, to respond. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Ahead of the hearing, Ms. Nielsen said the U.S. plans to start returning migrants who enter the country illegally to Mexico until their immigration proceedings are complete. ... Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Democrats Question Homeland Chief Nielsen Over Girl’s Death at Border," 20 Dec. 2018 The testimony from Kimberly Loring is part of a U.S. Senate committee hearing held in Washington, D.C., to examine concerns about investigations into the deaths and disappearance of Native American women. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "US lawmakers examine Native women’s deaths, disappearances," 12 Dec. 2018 In advance of the hearing, 60 groups including dozens of leading human rights organizations signed a letter calling on Pichai to drop all design and development of the tool. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai refused to rule out launching a censored search engine in China," 11 Dec. 2018 Our divorce was contentious and involved months of hearings. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "10 Divorced Women on How They Spent Their First Single Night," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hearing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hearing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hearing

: 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

noun
hear·​ing | \ ˈhir-iŋ\

Kids Definition of hearing

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

hearing

noun
hear·​ing

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

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hearing

noun
hear·​ing

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

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

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

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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