ear
I. noun Etymology: Middle English ere, from Old English ēare; akin to Old High German ōra ear, Latin auris, Greek ous Date: before 12th century 1. a. 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 b. any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion 2. the external ear of humans and most mammals 3. a. the sense or act of hearing b. acuity of hearing c. sensitivity to musical tone and pitch; also the ability to retain and reproduce music that has been heard d. sensitivity to nuances of language especially as revealed in the command of verbal melody and rhythm or in the ability to render a spoken idiom accurately 4. something resembling a mammalian ear in shape, position, or function: as a. a projecting part (as a lug or handle) b. either of a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head of some birds 5. attention, awareness <
lend an ear
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6. a space in the upper corner of the front page of a periodical (as a newspaper) usually containing advertising for the periodical itself or a weather forecast 7. a person who listens ; listener <
looking for a friendly ear
>
II. noun Etymology: Middle English er, from Old English ēar; akin to Old High German ahir ear, Old English ecg edge — more at edge Date: before 12th century the fruiting spike of a cereal (as wheat or Indian corn) including both the seeds and protective structures III. intransitive verb Date: 14th century to form ears in growing <
the rye should be earing up
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  • ear — W2S2 [ıə US ır] n ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your body)¦ 2¦(hearing)¦ 3¦(grain)¦ 4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear 5 6 a sympathetic ear 7 close/shut your ears to something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Ear — Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ear — ear1 [ir] n. [ME ere < OE ēare akin to Goth ausō, Ger ohr < IE base * ous , ear > L auris, Gr ous, OIr au] 1. the part of the body specialized for the perception of sound; organ of hearing: the human ear consists of the external ear, the …   English World dictionary

  • ear — [ ır ] noun *** 1. ) count one of the two parts at the sides of your head that you hear with: He whispered something in her ear. 2. ) singular the ability to hear and judge sounds: She has a very good ear for music. 3. ) count the part at the top …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Ear — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Nombre Anglosajón Ear tumba Forma Futhorc …   Wikipedia Español

  • ear — Ⅰ. ear [1] ► NOUN 1) the organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates. 2) the fleshy external part of this organ. 3) (in other animals) an organ sensitive to sound. 4) an ability to recognize and appreciate music or language. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • ear — for hearing and ear of corn seem in some way to belong together, but in fact they are two quite distinct words etymologically. Ear for hearing [OE] is an ancient term that goes right back to the Indo European roots of the language. Its ancestor… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • ear — for hearing and ear of corn seem in some way to belong together, but in fact they are two quite distinct words etymologically. Ear for hearing [OE] is an ancient term that goes right back to the Indo European roots of the language. Its ancestor… …   Word origins

  • Ear — Ear, n. [AS. ear; akin to D. aar, OHG. ahir, G. [ a]hre, Icel., Sw., & Dan. ax, Goth. ahs. ???. Cf. {Awn}, {Edge}.] The spike or head of any cereal (as, wheat, rye, barley, Indian corn, etc.), containing the kernels. [1913 Webster] First the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • EAR — steht für: East African Railways, eine Bahngesellschaft der drei ostafrikanischen Staaten Kenia, Uganda und Tansania Einnahmen Ausgaben Rechnung, im Steuerrecht, siehe Einnahmenüberschussrechnung Elektro Altgeräte Register, siehe Elektro und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ear — Ear, v. t. [OE. erien, AS. erian; akin to OFries. era, OHG. erran, MHG. eren, ern, Prov. G. aren, [ a]ren, Icel. erja, Goth. arjan, Lith. arti, OSlav. orati, L. arare, Gr. ?. Cf. {Arable}.] To plow or till; to cultivate. To ear the land. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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