outer ear

noun

Definition of outer ear 

: the outer visible portion of the ear that collects and directs sound waves toward the tympanic membrane by way of a canal which extends inward through the temporal bone

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Sound waves enter your outer ear and travel to the middle portion via a narrow passageway called the ear canal. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 The wingtips help the top of the buds snap into the upper portion of your outer ear. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Review: Samsung Gear IconX (2018)," 2 Nov. 2017 When finished, gently dry your outer ear with a towel or handheld dryer. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax," 26 Sep. 2017 Bleeding from the outer ear is common when the tight-fitting helmet is forced off. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blood no extra concern after Joe Flacco hit," 26 Oct. 2017 Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back to straighten your ear canal. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax," 26 Sep. 2017

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1701, in the meaning defined above

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outer ear

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outer ear

biology : the part of the ear that can be seen on the outside of your head

outer ear

noun
out·​er ear | \ˈau̇t-ər- \

Medical Definition of outer ear 

: the outer visible portion of the ear that collects and directs sound waves toward the tympanic membrane by way of a canal which extends inward through the temporal bone

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