strain one's ears

Definition of strain one's ears

  1. :  to try very hard to hear I strained my ears to hear what they were whispering.

Word by Word Definitions

strainplay
  1. :  lineage, ancestry

    :  a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions

    :  a specified infraspecific group (such as a stock, line, or ecotype)

  1. :  to draw tight :  cause to fit firmly

    :  to stretch to maximum extension and tautness

    :  to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

  1. :  an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as

    :  bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use

    :  one resulting from a wrench or twist and involving undue stretching of muscles or ligaments

earplay ears
  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

    :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

    :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

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

  1. :  to form ears in growing


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