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ear

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noun \ˈir\

Definition of ear

  1. 1a :  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestraeb :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  2. 2 :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

  3. 3a :  the sense or act of hearingb :  acuity of hearingc :  sensitivity to musical tone and pitch; also :  the ability to retain and reproduce music that has been heardd :  sensitivity to nuances of language especially as revealed in the command of verbal melody and rhythm or in the ability to render a spoken idiom accurately

  4. 4 :  something resembling a mammalian ear in shape, position, or function: such asa :  a projecting part (such as a lug or handle)b :  either of a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head of some birds

  5. 5 :  attention, awareness lend an ear

  6. 6 :  a space in the upper corner of the front page of a periodical (such as a newspaper) usually containing advertising for the periodical itself or a weather forecast

  7. 7 :  a person who listens :  listener looking for a friendly ear

all ears

  1. :  eagerly listening if anybody spoke of that grisly matter, I was all ears … and alert to hear what might be said — Mark Twain

by ear

  1. :  without reference to or memorization of written music plays by ear

in one ear and out the other

  1. :  through one's mind without making an impression everything you say to him goes in one ear and out the other

on one's ear

  1. :  in or into a state of irritation, shock, or discord set the racing world on its ear by breaking the record

up to one's ears

  1. :  deeply involved :  heavily implicated up to his ears in shady deals

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Origin and Etymology of ear

Middle English ere, from Old English ēare; akin to Old High German ōra ear, Latin auris, Greek ous


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ear

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Definition of ear

  1. :  the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

Origin and Etymology of ear

Middle English er, from Old English ēar; akin to Old High German ahir ear, Old English ecg edge — more at edge


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ear

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Definition of ear

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to form ears in growing the rye should be earing up

First Known Use of ear

14th century


EAR Defined for Kids

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ear

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noun \ˈir\

Definition of ear for Students

  1. 1 :  the organ of hearing and balance of vertebrates that in most mammals is made up of an outer part that collects sound, a middle part that carries sound, and an inner part that receives sound and sends nerve signals to the brain

  2. 2 :  the outer part of the ear She pulled on his ear.

  3. 3 :  the sense of hearing a good ear for music

  4. 4 :  willing or sympathetic attention The coach had every player's ear.

eared

\ˈird\ adjective a long-eared dog

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ear

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Definition of ear for Students

  1. :  the seed-bearing head of a cereal grass an ear of corn


Medical Dictionary

ear

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noun \ˈi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of ear

  1. 1:  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. 2a:  the external ear of humans and most mammalsb:  a human earlobe had her ears pierced

  3. 3a:  the sense or act of hearingb:  acuity of hearing

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