Definition of strain one's ears
- I strained my ears to hear what they were whispering.
: lineage, ancestry
: a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions
: kind, sort
: to draw tight : cause to fit firmly
: to stretch to maximum extension and tautness
: to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost
: 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
: any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion
: the external ear of humans and most mammals
: the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures
: to form ears in growing
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