Ear meaning

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Ear is defined as the part of the body for hearing.

An example of an ear is how people listen to music.

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The grain-bearing spike of a cereal plant, esp. of corn.
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The sense of hearing.

A sound that grates on the ear.

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The sense of hearing.

A sound that grates on the ear.

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Sensitivity or receptiveness to sound, especially:
  • Sharpness or refinement of hearing.
    A singer with a good ear for harmony.
  • The ability to play a passage of music solely from hearing it.
    Plays the piano by ear.
  • Responsiveness to the sounds or forms of spoken language.
    A writer with a good ear for dialogue; has an ear for foreign languages.
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Sympathetic or favorable attention.
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Something resembling the external ear in position or shape, especially:
  • A flexible tuft of feathers located above the eyes of certain birds, such as owls, that functions in visual communication but not in hearing.
  • A projecting handle, as on a vase or pitcher.
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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.
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(informal) Headphones.
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The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn.
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To form or grow ears.
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The visible, external part of the ear.
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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.
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The sense of hearing.
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The ability to perceive or make distinctions; discrimination or taste.

A good ear for a well-written poem.

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To sprout ears; form ears.
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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.
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An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.
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The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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(1) (Enterprise ARchive) A file that contains an entire Java EE application including its components and deployment descriptors. See WAR.
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(countable) The organ of hearing, consisting of the pinna, auditory canal, eardrum, malleus, incus, stapes and cochlea.
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(countable) The external part of the organ of hearing, the auricle.
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(countable, slang) A police informant.
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The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; the power of discriminating between different tones.

A good ear for music.

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The privilege of being kindly heard; favour; attention.
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That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an animal; a prominence or projection on an object, usually for support or attachment; a lug; a handle.

The ears of a tub, skillet, or dish; The ears of a boat are outside kneepieces near the bow.

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(architecture) An acroterium.
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(humorous) To take in with the ears; to hear.
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(countable) The fruiting body of a grain plant.

He is in the fields, harvesting ears of corn.

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(intransitive) To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain does.

This corn ears well.

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(archaic) To plough.
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(computing) Initialism of Enterprise Archive. (A file format used to package Java programming language applications.)
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Eye dialect spelling of hear.
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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.
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The ability to recognize slight differences in sound, esp. in the pitch, rhythm, etc. of musical tones.
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(architecture) A crossette.
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An invertebrate organ analogous to the mammalian ear.
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An invertebrate organ analogous to the mammalian ear.
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all ears
  • Acutely attentive:
    Tell your story—we're all ears!.
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coming out of (one's) ears
  • In more than adequate amounts; overabundant.
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give
  • To pay close attention; listen attentively.
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have
  • To be on the watch for new trends or information.
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in one ear and out the other
  • Without any influence or effect; unheeded:
    His mind was made up, so my arguments went in one ear and out the other.
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on its
  • In a state of amazement, excitement, or uproar:
    A controversial movie that set the film industry on its ear.
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up to (one's) ears
  • Deeply involved or occupied fully:
    I'm up to my ears in work.
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be all ears
  • to be listening attentively or eagerly
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bend someone's ear
  • to talk excessively to someone
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fall on deaf ears
  • to be ignored or unheeded
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give ear
  • to give attention, esp. favorable attention; listen; heed
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have an ear to the ground
  • to give careful attention to the trends of public opinion
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have the ear of
  • to be in a favorable position to talk to and influence; be heeded by
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in one ear and out the other
  • heard but without effect
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play by ear
  • to play (a musical instrument or piece) without the use of notation, improvising an arrangement
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play it by ear
  • to act as the situation demands, without a preconceived plan; improvise
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set on its ear
  • to cause excitement, upheaval, etc. in
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turn a deaf ear
  • to be unwilling to listen or heed
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in one ear and out the other
on its
have an ear to the ground
have the ear of
in one ear and out the other
play it by ear
set on its ear

Origin of ear

  • Middle English ere from Old English ēare ous- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ere from Old English ēar ak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ere, ȝhere, from Old English ēare (“ear”), from the voiced Verner alternant of Proto-Germanic *ausô (“ear”) (compare Scots ear, West Frisian ear, Dutch oor, German Ohr, Swedish öra, Danish øre), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ous- (compare Old Irish áu, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Russian ухо (úxo), Albanian vesh, Ancient Greek οὖς (oûs), Old Armenian ունկն (unkn), Persian گوش (guš)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English er, from Old English ēar, from Proto-Germanic *ahaz (compare West Frisian ier, Dutch aar, German Ähre), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ék- 'sharp' (compare Latin acus 'needle; husk', Tocharian B āk 'ear, awn', Old Church Slavonic ostĭ 'wheat spike, sharp point'). More at edge.

    From Wiktionary

  • A representation of the pronunciation of hear by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English erian, from Proto-Germanic *arjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂erh₃- (“to plough”).

    From Wiktionary