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Meaning of EAR

Pronunciation:  eer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
  2. [n]  the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear
  3. [n]  good hearing; "he had a keen ear"; "a good ear for pitch"
  4. [n]  attention to what is said; "he tried to get her ear"
  5. [n]  fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

EAR is a 3 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: auricle, capitulum, pinna, spike
 See Also: arteria auricularis, attending, attention, audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, auditory system, auricular artery, caput, cartilaginous structure, cauliflower ear, corn, ear lobe, eardrum, earlobe, external ear, fenestra, fruit, head, hearing, Indian corn, maize, mealie, myringa, organ of hearing, outer ear, receptor, sense of hearing, sense organ, sensory receptor, tragus, tympanic membrane, tympanum, vestibular apparatus, vestibular system, vestibule of the ear, Zea mays



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    {Auricle}, {Orillon}.]
    1. The organ of hearing; the external ear.
    Note: In man and the higher vertebrates, the organ of hearing
          is very complicated, and is divisible into three parts:
          the external ear, which includes the pinna or auricle
          and meatus or external opening; the middle ear, drum,
          or tympanum; and the internal ear, or labyrinth. The
          middle ear is a cavity connected by the Eustachian tube
          with the pharynx, separated from the opening of the
          external ear by the tympanic membrane, and containing a
          chain of three small bones, or ossicles, named malleus,
          incus, and stapes, which connect this membrane with the
          internal ear. The essential part of the internal ear
          where the fibers of the auditory nerve terminate, is
          the membranous labyrinth, a complicated system of sacs
          and tubes filled with a fluid (the endolymph), and
          lodged in a cavity, called the bony labyrinth, in the
          periotic bone. The membranous labyrinth does not
          completely fill the bony labyrinth, but is partially
          suspended in it in a fluid (the perilymph). The bony
          labyrinth consists of a central cavity, the vestibule,
          into which three semicircular canals and the canal of
          the cochlea (spirally coiled in mammals) open. The
          vestibular portion of the membranous labyrinth consists
          of two sacs, the utriculus and sacculus, connected by a
          narrow tube, into the former of which three membranous
          semicircular canals open, while the latter is connected
          with a membranous tube in the cochlea containing the
          organ of Corti. By the help of the external ear the
          sonorous vibrations of the air are concentrated upon
          the tympanic membrane and set it vibrating, the chain
          of bones in the middle ear transmits these vibrations
          to the internal ear, where they cause certain delicate
          structures in the organ of Corti, and other parts of
          the membranous labyrinth, to stimulate the fibers of
          the auditory nerve to transmit sonorous impulses to the
    2. The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; the power
       of discriminating between different tones; as, a nice ear
       for music; -- in the singular only.
             Songs . . . not all ungrateful to thine ear.
    3. That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an
       animal; any prominence or projection on an object, --
       usually one for support or attachment; a lug; a handle;
       as, the ears of a tub, a skillet, or dish. The ears of a
       boat are outside kneepieces near the bow. See Illust. of
    4. (Arch.)
       (a) Same as {Acroterium}.
       (b) Same as {Crossette}.
    5. Privilege of being kindly heard; favor; attention.
             Dionysius . . . would give no ear to his suit.
             Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
    {About the ears}, in close proximity to; near at hand.
    {By the ears}, in close contest; as, to set by the ears; to
       fall together by the ears; to be by the ears.
    {Button ear} (in dogs), an ear which falls forward and
       completely hides the inside.
    {Ear finger}, the little finger.
    {Ear of Dionysius}, a kind of ear trumpet with a flexible
       tube; -- named from the Sicilian tyrant, who constructed a
       device to overhear the prisoners in his dungeons.
    {Ear sand} (Anat.), otoliths. See {Otolith}.
    {Ear snail} (Zo["o]l.), any snail of the genus {Auricula} and
       allied genera.
    {Ear stones} (Anat.), otoliths. See {Otolith}.
    {Ear trumpet}, an instrument to aid in hearing. It consists
       of a tube broad at the outer end, and narrowing to a
       slender extremity which enters the ear, thus collecting
       and intensifying sounds so as to assist the hearing of a
       partially deaf person.
    {Ear vesicle} (Zo["o]l.), a simple auditory organ, occurring
       in many worms, mollusks, etc. It consists of a small sac
       containing a fluid and one or more solid concretions or
    {Rose ear} (in dogs), an ear which folds backward and shows
       part of the inside.
    {To give ear to}, to listen to; to heed, as advice or one
       advising. ``Give ear unto my song.'' --Goldsmith.
    {To have one's ear}, to be listened to with favor.
    {Up to the ears}, deeply submerged; almost overwhelmed; as,
       to be in trouble up to one's ears. [Colloq.]
  2. \Ear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To take in with the ears; to hear. [Sportive] ``I eared her
    language.'' --Two Noble Kinsmen.
  3. \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.
          First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn
          in the ear.                              --Mark iv. 28.
  4. \Ear\, v. i.
    To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain; as,
    this corn ears well.
  5. \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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing ears in your dreams, suggests that you need to be more responsive or receptive to guidance and assistance from others. You may be relying too much on your own judgment and intuition. You need to listen more closely to what you are being told. Alternatively, it means your immaturity and lack of experience. Dreaming that you are cleaning wax from your ears, suggests that you are not listening to those around you. There may be something that you are refusing to hear. Are you turning a deaf ear? Dreaming of pain in your ear indicates that you will be receive some bad or offensive news.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The ear consists of three parts: external, middle, and internal ear and serves two functions: hearing and equilibrium.
Easton Bible Dictionary

used frequently in a figurative sense (Ps. 34:15). To "uncover the ear" is to show respect to a person (1 Sam. 20:2 marg.). To have the "ear heavy", or to have "uncircumcised ears" (Isa. 6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear "bored" through with an awl was a sign of perpetual servitude (Ex. 21:6).

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