- Ear is defined as the part of the body for hearing.
An example of an ear is how people listen to music.
A woman's ear.
ear definition by Webster's New World
- the part of the body specialized for the perception of sound; organ of hearing: the human ear consists of the external ear, the middle ear (tympanum), and the inner ear (labyrinth), which also senses one's state of equilibrium
- the visible, external part of the ear
- the sense of hearing
- the ability to recognize slight differences in sound, esp. in the pitch, rhythm, etc. of musical tones
- anything shaped or placed like an ear, as the handle of a pitcher or a small box in the upper corner of a newspaper page
Origin: Middle English ere ; from Old English ēare akin to Gothic ausō, German ohr ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ous-, ear from source Classical Latin auris, Classical Greek ous, Old Irish au
Origin: Middle English er ; from Old English ēar, akin to German ähre, Gothic ahs ; from Indo-European an unverified form aces (; from base an unverified form ak-, sharp) from source Classical Latin acus, chaff
ear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Anatomy a. The vertebrate organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided in mammals into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.b. The part of this organ that is externally visible.
- An invertebrate organ analogous to the mammalian ear.
- The sense of hearing: a sound that grates on the ear.
- Sensitivity or receptiveness to sound, especially:a. Sharpness or refinement of hearing: a singer with a good ear for harmony.b. The ability to play a passage of music solely from hearing it: plays the piano by ear.c. Responsiveness to the sounds or forms of spoken language: a writer with a good ear for dialogue; has an ear for foreign languages.
- Sympathetic or favorable attention: “[The President] wavers between the two positions, depending on who last had his ear” (Joseph C. Harsch).
- Something resembling the external ear in position or shape, especially:a. A flexible tuft of feathers located above the eyes of certain birds, such as owls, that functions in visual communication but not in hearing. Also called ear tuft.b. A projecting handle, as on a vase or pitcher.
- A small box in the upper corner of the page in a newspaper or periodical that contains a printed notice, such as promotional material or weather information.
- ears Informal Headphones.
Origin: Middle English ere, from Old English ēare; see ous- in Indo-European roots.
- earˈless adjective
earA. auricle B. semicircular canals C. cochlea D. cochlear nerve E. Eustachian tube F. eardrum G. ear canal
Origin: Middle English ere, from Old English ēar; see ak- in Indo-European roots.
ear - Ologies & -Isms Definition
ear - Computer Definition
(1) (Enterprise ARchive) A file that contains an entire Java EE application including its components and deployment descriptors. See WAR.
(2) (Export Administration Regulations) Regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, replacing the ITAR in 1996 as the governing regulations for the export of strong commercial cryptographic products. The EAR relaxed restrictions on such exports. See Wassenaar Arrangement and ITAR.
ear - Cultural Definition
ear - Medical Definition
- The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
- The part of this organ that is externally visible.
- The sense of hearing.
ear - Phrases/Idioms
be all ears
bend someone's earâ
fall on deaf ears
give earor lend ear
have an ear to the groundor keep an ear to the groundâ
have the ear of
in one ear and out the other
play by ear
play it by ear
set on its ear
turn a deaf ear
coming out of (one's) ears
in one ear and out the other
play it by ear
up to (one's) ears
ear - Science Definition
- The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.
- An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.
A. auricle, B. bone, C. semicircular canals, D. cochlea, E. acoustic nerve, F. eustachian tube, G. eardrum, H. ear canal