ear


ear
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 middle ear (tympanum), and the inner ear (labyrinth), which also senses one's state of equilibrium
2. the visible, external part of the ear
3. the sense of hearing
4. the ability to recognize slight differences in sound, esp. in the pitch, rhythm, etc. of musical tones
5. 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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be all ears
to be listening attentively or eagerly
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☆ bend someone's ear
Slang to talk excessively to someone
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fall on deaf ears
to be ignored or unheeded
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give ear or lend ear
to give attention, esp. favorable attention; listen; heed
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☆ have an ear to the ground or keep 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
Informal to act as the situation demands, without a preconceived plan; improvise
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set on its ear
Informal to cause excitement, upheaval, etc. in
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turn a deaf ear
to be unwilling to listen or heed
ear2 [ir]
n.
[ME er < OE ēar, akin to Ger ähre, Goth ahs < IE * aces (< base * ak-, sharp) > L acus, chaff]
the grain-bearing spike of a cereal plant, esp. of corn
vi.
to sprout ears; form ears

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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 — [ 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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