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ear1
top: a human ear
A. auricle
B. semicircular canals
C. cochlea
D. cochlear nerve
E. Eustachian tube
F. eardrum
G. ear canal
bottom: on a pitcher
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ear 1

 (îr)
n.
1. 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.
2. An invertebrate organ analogous to the mammalian ear.
3. The sense of hearing: a sound that grates on the ear.
4. 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.
5. Sympathetic or favorable attention: "[The president] wavers between the two positions, depending on who last had his ear" (Joseph C. Harsch).
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. ears Informal Headphones.
Idioms:
all ears
Acutely attentive: Tell your story—we're all ears!
coming out of (one's) ears
In more than adequate amounts; overabundant.
give/lend an ear
To pay close attention; listen attentively.
have/keep an ear to the ground
To be on the watch for new trends or information.
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.
on its/someone's ear
In a state of amazement, excitement, or uproar: a controversial movie that set the film industry on its ear.
up to (one's) ears
Deeply involved or occupied fully: I'm up to my ears in work.

[Middle English ere, from Old English ēare; see ous- in Indo-European roots.]

ear′less adj.

ear 2

 (îr)
n.
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn.
intr.v. eared, ear·ing, ears
To form or grow ears.

[Middle English ere, from Old English ēar; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]

ear

(ɪə)
n
1. (Zoology) the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In humans and other mammals it consists of three parts. See external ear, middle ear, internal ear
2. (Anatomy) the outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp humans
3. the sense of hearing
4. sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etc: he has an ear for music.
5. attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear)
6. an object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug
7. (Journalism & Publishing) Also called (esp Brit): earpiece a display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc
8. all ears very attentive; listening carefully
9. (Music, other) by ear without reading from written music
10. chew someone's ear slang to reprimand severely
11. fall on deaf ears to be ignored or pass unnoticed
12. have hard ears Caribbean to be stubbornly disobedient
13. a flea in one's ear informal a sharp rebuke
14. have the ear of to be in a position to influence: he has the ear of the president.
15. in one ear and out the other heard but unheeded
16. keep one's ear to the ground have one's ear to the ground to be or try to be well informed about current trends and opinions
17. make a pig's ear of informal to ruin disastrously
18. one's ears are burning one is aware of being the topic of another's conversation
19. out on one's ear informal dismissed unceremoniously
20. to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
21. (Music, other) to perform a musical piece on an instrument without written music
22. prick up one's ears to start to listen attentively; become interested
23. set by the ears to cause disagreement or commotion
24. a thick ear informal a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
25. turn a deaf ear to be deliberately unresponsive
26. up to one's ears informal deeply involved, as in work or debt
27. wet behind the ears informal inexperienced; naive; immature
[Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris]
ˈearˌlike adj

ear

(ɪə)
n
(Botany) the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
vb
(Botany) (intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts
[Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed]

ear1

(ɪər)

n.
1. the organ of hearing and equilibrium in vertebrates, in mammals consisting of an external ear and ear canal ending at the tympanic membrane, a middle ear with three ossicles for amplifying vibrations, and a liquid-filled inner ear with sensory nerve endings for hearing and balance.
2. the external ear alone.
3. the sense of hearing.
4. keen perception of the differences of sound, esp. musical sounds.
5. attention: to gain a person's ear.
6. any part that resembles or suggests an ear in position or form, as the handle of a teacup.
7. a small box in the upper corner of the front page of a newspaper, containing a slogan, weather forecast, etc.
8. ears, Slang. earphones.
Idioms:
1. be all ears, to be extremely attentive.
2. by ear, without reference to musical notation.
3. fall on deaf ears, to be disregarded; pass unheeded.
4. go in one ear and out the other, to hear but without understanding or effect.
5. have or keep one's ear to the ground, to stay alert to current trends and viewpoints.
6. lend an or give ear, to pay attention.
7. play it by ear, to improvise.
8. set on one's ear, to amaze.
9. turn a deaf ear to, to refuse to consider or deal with.
[before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēare; c. Old Saxon, Old High German ōra, Old Norse eyra, Gothic auso, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Greek oûs]

ear2

(ɪər)

n.
1. the spike of a cereal plant, containing the seed grains.
v.i.
2. to form or put forth ears.
[before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēar, æhher; c. Old Saxon ahar, Old High German ahir, ehir, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus husk]
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ear 1

(îr)
The organ of hearing in humans and other vertebrate animals. The ear also plays an important role in maintaining balance. In many mammals, the ear is composed of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.

ear 2

The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.

Ear


Medicine. a pain in the ear; earache.
an instrument for examining the ear.
the art of using the auriscope.
an earache.
Medicine. the therapeutics of ear diseases. — otiatric, adj.
a vertigo resulting from ear disease. Also oticodinosis.
Medicine. any variety of inflammation in the ear. — otitic, adj.
1. the science of the ear.
2. a scientific description of the ear.
1. the branch of medicine that studies the ear and its diseases.
2. the treatment of ear disorders. — otologist, n. — otologic, otological, adj.
an abnormal condition or disease of the ear.
plastic surgery of the ear.
the discharge or flowing of pus from the ear.
any flowing or discharge from the ear.
a visual inspection of the ear drum and the auditory canal. — otoscopic, adj.
abnormal thickness of the ears.
a ringing or whistling sound in the ears, not caused by any outside stimulus.

ear


Past participle: eared
Gerund: earing

Imperative
ear
ear
Present
I ear
you ear
he/she/it ears
we ear
you ear
they ear
Preterite
I eared
you eared
he/she/it eared
we eared
you eared
they eared
Present Continuous
I am earing
you are earing
he/she/it is earing
we are earing
you are earing
they are earing
Present Perfect
I have eared
you have eared
he/she/it has eared
we have eared
you have eared
they have eared
Past Continuous
I was earing
you were earing
he/she/it was earing
we were earing
you were earing
they were earing
Past Perfect
I had eared
you had eared
he/she/it had eared
we had eared
you had eared
they had eared
Future
I will ear
you will ear
he/she/it will ear
we will ear
you will ear
they will ear
Future Perfect
I will have eared
you will have eared
he/she/it will have eared
we will have eared
you will have eared
they will have eared
Future Continuous
I will be earing
you will be earing
he/she/it will be earing
we will be earing
you will be earing
they will be earing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been earing
you have been earing
he/she/it has been earing
we have been earing
you have been earing
they have been earing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been earing
you will have been earing
he/she/it will have been earing
we will have been earing
you will have been earing
they will have been earing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been earing
you had been earing
he/she/it had been earing
we had been earing
you had been earing
they had been earing
Conditional
I would ear
you would ear
he/she/it would ear
we would ear
you would ear
they would ear
Past Conditional
I would have eared
you would have eared
he/she/it would have eared
we would have eared
you would have eared
they would have eared

ear

The organ of hearing and balance. See external ear, inner ear, middle ear.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibriumear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor - an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
auditory system - the sensory system for hearing
vestibule of the ear - the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear
eardrum, myringa, tympanic membrane, tympanum - the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound
organ of hearing - the part of the ear that is responsible for sensations of sound
vestibular apparatus, vestibular system - organs mediating the labyrinthine sense; concerned with equilibrium
fenestra - a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)
arteria auricularis, auricular artery - artery that supplies blood to the ear
head, caput - the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains; "he stuck his head out the window"
2.ear - good hearing; "he had a keen ear"; "a good ear for pitch"
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, sense of hearing, hearing - the ability to hear; the auditory faculty; "his hearing was impaired"
3.ear - the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external earear - the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear
ear lobe, earlobe - the fleshy pendulous part of the external human ear
external ear, outer ear - the part of the ear visible externally
tragus - a small cartilaginous flap in front of the external opening of the ear
cauliflower ear - an auricle deformed by injury; common among boxers
cartilaginous structure - body structure given shape by cartilage
4.ear - attention to what is said; "he tried to get her ear"
attending, attention - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
5.ear - fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
corn, Indian corn, maize, Zea mays - tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
mealie - an ear of corn
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

ear

noun
1. sensitivity, taste, discrimination, appreciation, musical perception He has a fine ear for music.
2. attention, hearing, regard, notice, consideration, observation, awareness, heed The lobbyists have the ear of influential western leaders.
be out on your ear be dismissed, be removed, be fired (informal), be sacked (informal), be sent packing (informal), get your P45 (informal) We'd have been out on our ears if we'd complained.
bend someone's ear nag, annoy, harass, hassle (informal), badger (slang), pester He was fed up with people bending his ear about staying on at school.
lend an ear listen, pay attention, heed, take notice, pay heed, hearken (archaic), give ear Please lend an ear for a moment or two.
play it by ear improvise, wing it (informal), ad-lib, extemporize I don't have a plan for my life. I just play it by ear.
turn a deaf ear to something ignore, reject, overlook, neglect, disregard, pass over, take no notice of, be oblivious to, pay no attention to, give the cold shoulder to He has resolutely turned a deaf ear to demands for action.
Related words
technical names auricle, pinna
adjectives aural, auricular, otic

Parts of the ear

ancus, auditory nerve, cochlea, eardrum, tympanic membrane, or tympanum, ear lobe, Eustachian tube, external auditory canal, incus, malleus, meatus or auditory canal, organ of Corti, oval window, pinna, round window, saccule, semicircular canals, stapes, tragus, utricle

ear

noun
The sense by which sound is perceived:
Translations
أُذنأُذُنحرثسَمْـعكوز ذُره
uchoklas
øreaksmajskolbevippe
orelo
kõrv
korvakyntäätähkä
uho
fülszánt
eyraheyrnplægjaax
arareauris
aussdzirdevārpaausis
klassluchucho
uho
öraax
sikio
หู
nhĩtai

ear

1 [ɪəʳ]
A. N
1. (Anat) (= outer part) → oreja f; (= rest of organ) → oído m
she has small earstiene las orejas pequeñas
he could not believe his earsno daba crédito a sus oídos
he was grinning from ear to earla mueca le llegaba de oreja a oreja
he whispered in her earle susurró al oído
inner/middle/outer earoído m interno/medio/externo
to prick up one's ears [person] → aguzar el oído; [animal] → empinar las orejas
he was looking for a sympathetic earbuscaba a alguien que le escuchara
a word in your earuna palabra en confianza
to be all earsser todo oídos
to bend sb's earmachacar la cabeza a algn
I bet his ears were burningapuesto a que le zumbaban or pitaban los oídos
to close one's ears to sthhacer caso omiso de algo
they closed their ears to everything that was being saidhicieron caso omiso de todo lo que se dijo
to fall or crash down around or about one's earsvenirse abajo
the house is falling down around my earsla casa se está viniendo abajo
it brought their world crashing down around their earshizo que el mundo se les viniera abajo
to fall on deaf earscaer en oídos sordos
it goes in one ear and out the otherpor un oído le/me entra y por otro le/me sale
to have/keep one's ear(s) to the groundestar con la oreja pegada, estar al tanto
to have sb's eartener enchufe con algn
to lend an ear (to sth)prestar atención (a algo)
they're always willing to lend an ear and offer advicesiempre están dispuestos a escuchar y dar consejos
to listen with half an earescuchar a medias
to be out on one's earverse en la calle (sin trabajo)
if you don't work harder, you'll be out on your earcomo no arrimes más el hombro te verás en la calle
to pin back one's ears >escuchar bien
to shut one's ears to sth = to close one's ears to sth to give sb a thick ear >dar una torta or un tortazo a algn
to be up to one's ears (in sth) > (in work, papers) → estar hasta arriba (de algo); (in difficulties, debt, scandal) → estar hasta el cuello (de algo)
to have money/houses coming out of one's earstener dinero/casas para dar y tomar
I had football/pizza coming out of my earsel fútbol/la pizza me salía por las orejas, estaba harto de fútbol/pizza
to be wet behind the ears >estar verde
see also cauliflower, deaf, flea, pig, box 2
2. (= sense of hearing) → oído m
her voice was very pleasing to the eartenía una voz muy agradable al oído
to play sth by ear (lit) → tocar algo de oído
we don't know what to expect, we'll just have to play it by ear (fig) → no sabemos a qué atenernos, tendremos que improvisar sobre la marcha
she has an ear for languagestiene oído para los idiomas
she has a good ear (for music)tiene buen oído (para la música)
B. CPD ear lobe Nlóbulo m de la oreja
ear, nose and throat department Nsección f de otorrinolaringología
ear, nose and throat specialist Notorrinolaringólogo/a m/f
ear trumpet Ntrompetilla f acústica
ear wax Ncerumen m, cera f de los oídos

ear

2 [ɪəʳ] N [of cereal] → espiga f

ear

[ˈɪər] n
[person, animal] → oreille f
the golden ring he wore in one ear → l'anneau en or qu'il portait à l'oreille
to have an ear for music → avoir l'oreille musicale
to have an ear for languages → avoir de l'oreille pour les langues
up to one's ears in debt → endetté(e) jusqu'au cou
to be up to one's ears in work → avoir du travail par-dessus la tête
to play by ear (without music)jouer d'oreille
to play it by ear (fig) (without planning ahead)improviser le moment venu
to be all ears → être tout oreilles, être tout ouïe
to bend sb's ear (= talk a lot) → rebattre les oreilles de qn
to box sb's ears → gifler qn
to fall on deaf ears (= be ignored) [request] → ne pas être entendu(e)
to turn a deaf ear to sth (= ignore) → faire la sourde oreille à qch
to keep one's ear to the ground, to have one's ear to the ground (= be on the lookout for information) → se tenir au courant
to listen to sth/sb with only half an ear → n'écouter qch/qn que d'une oreille
to lend an ear to sb (= listen sympathetically) → prêter une oreille attentive à qn
to go in one ear and out the other → entrer par une oreille et sortir par l'autre
out on one's ear (= thrown out) → viré(e)
[corn] → épi m

ear

:
earache
eardrops
pl (Med) → Ohrentropfen pl
eardrum
nTrommelfell nt

ear

:
earflap
earful
n (inf) to get an earmit einer Flut von Beschimpfungen überschüttet werden; to give somebody an earjdn herunterputzen (inf), → jdn zusammenstauchen (inf)
earhole
n (Brit inf) → Ohr nt, → Löffel m (inf); to give somebody a clip or clout round the earjdm ein paar or eins hinter die Löffel geben (inf)

ear

:
earmark
n (on animal) → Ohrmarke f
vt (fig)vorsehen, bestimmen
ear-minded
adj (Psych) → auditiv, vorwiegend mit Gehörsinn begabt
earmuffs
plOhrenschützer pl

ear

:
ear, nose and throat
adj attrHals-Nasen-Ohren-; ear specialistHals-Nasen-Ohren-Facharzt m/-ärztin f
earphones
plKopfhörer pl
earpiece
nHörer m
ear piercing
nDurchstechen ntder Ohrläppchen
ear-piercing
adj screamohrenbetäubend
earplug
nOhrwatte f, → Ohropax® nt
earring
nOhrring m
earset
n (Telec) → Earset nt, → Ohrhörer m
earshot
n out of/within earaußer/in Hörweite
ear-splitting
adj sound, screamohrenbetäubend

ear

:
ear trumpet
nHörrohr nt
earwax
nOhrenschmalz nt
earwig
nOhrwurm m
earwitness
nOhrenzeuge m/-zeugin f (→ to gen)

ear

1
n
(Anat, fig) → Ohr nt; to keep one’s ears opendie Ohren offen halten; to keep an ear to the grounddie Ohren aufsperren or offen halten; to be all earsganz Ohr sein; she was listening with only half an earsie hörte nur mit halbem Ohr zu; your ears must have been burningIhnen müssen die Ohren geklungen haben; to lend an earzuhören; to lend an ear to somebodyjdm sein Ohr leihen; to find a sympathetic earein offenes Ohr finden; to lend a sympathetic earverständnisvoll zuhören; if that came to or reached his earswenn ihm das zu Ohren kommt; he has the ear of the prime ministerder Premierminister hört auf ihn; it goes in one ear and out the otherdas geht zum einen Ohr hinein und zum anderen wieder hinaus; to be up to one’s ears in debt/workbis über beide or die Ohren in Schulden/Arbeit stecken; he’s got money/houses etc coming out of his ears (inf)er hat Geld/Häuser etc ohne Ende (inf); it all came crashing down around his ears (fig)um ihn herum brach alles zusammen; he’ll be out on his ear (inf)dann fliegt er raus (inf); to bend somebody’s ear (inf)jdn vollquatschen (inf), → jdn vollsülzen (sl)
(= sense of hearing)Gehör nt, → Ohr nt; to have a good ear for musicein feines Gehör für Musik haben; to play by ear (lit)nach (dem) Gehör spielen; to play it by ear (fig)improvisieren

ear

2
n (of grain, plant)Ähre f; (of maize)Kolben m

ear

1 [ɪəʳ] norecchio, orecchia
to keep one's ears open → tenere le orecchie aperte
to be all ears → essere tutt'orecchi
he could not believe his ears → non credeva alle proprie orecchie
your ears must have been burning → non ti fischiavano le orecchie?
it goes in one ear and out the other → mi (or ti ) entra da un orecchio ed esce dall'altro
to be up to one's ears in debt → essere nei debiti fino al collo
to be up to one's ears in work → avere una mole enorme di lavoro
to have a good ear for music → avere molto orecchio
to have a good ear for languages → avere molto orecchio per le lingue
to play sth by ear (tune) → suonare qc a orecchio
I'll play it by ear (fig) → vedrò come si mettono le cose

ear

2 [ɪəʳ] n (of wheat, barley) → spiga; (of corn) → pannocchia

ear1

() noun
1. the part of the head by means of which we hear, or its external part only. Her new hair-style covers her ears.
2. the sense or power of hearing especially the ability to hear the difference between sounds. sharp ears; He has a good ear for music.
ˈearache noun
pain in the inner part of the ear.
ˈeardrum noun
the layer of tissue separating the inner from the outer ear.
ˈearlobe noun
the soft lower part of the ear.
ˈearmark verb
to set aside (for a particular purpose). This money is earmarked for our holiday.
ˈearring noun
an ornament worn attached to the ear. silver earrings.
ˈearshot noun
the distance at which sound can be heard. He did not hear her last remark as he was out of earshot.
be all ears
to listen with keen attention. The children were all ears when their father was describing the car crash.
go in one ear and out the other
not to make any lasting impression. I keep telling that child to work harder but my words go in one ear and out the other.
play by ear
to play (music) without looking at and without having memorized printed music.
up to one's ears (in)
deeply involved (in). I'm up to my ears in work.

ear2

() noun
the part of a cereal plant which contains the seed. ears of corn.

ear

أُذُن ucho øre Ohr αφτί oído korva oreille uho orecchio oor øre ucho orelha ухо öra หู kulak tai 耳朵

ear

n. oreja; oído, órgano de la audición formado por el oído interior, el medio, y el externo;
___ achedolor de oído, otalgia;
___ canalconducto auditivo;
___ cupaudífono;
___ dischargeotorrea;
___ dropsgotas para los oídos;
___ infectioninfección auditiva;
___ injuryoído lastimado, lesión auditiva;
___ lappabellón de la oreja;
___ lobelóbulo de la oreja;
___ lobe creasepliegue del lóbulo del oído;
___ plugtapón auditivo;
___ protectororejera;
___ specialistotólogo, audiólogo;
___ waxcerumen;
a.
___ deafeningensordecedor-a.

ear

n oreja, (organ of hearing) oído; external — oído externo; glue — (fam) otitis media con derrame, otitis media serosa; inner — oído interno; middle — oído medio; outer — oído externo; swimmer’s — (fam) otitis externa, oído de nadador (fam)

ear, nose, and throat (ENT)

n otorrinolaringología (form); oídos, nariz y garganta
References in classic literature ?
Bending down suddenly he picked up an ear of the yellow corn and threw it at the fence.
Well, he certainly is having some conversation," reflected Ned, as, after more than five minutes, Tom's ear was still at the receiver of the instrument, into the transmitter of which he had said only a few words.
The top of his left ear was gone, and his skin was brown as an Indian's.
Mine ear is open, and my heart prepared: The worst is wordly loss thou canst unfold:--Say, is my kingdom lost?
You mustn't mind Dick, or he'll go off and kill himself with shame," he whispered laughingly in her ear.
And inaudible, too, by mortal ear, but heard with all-comprehending love and pity in the farthest heaven, that almost agony of prayer --now whispered, now a groan, now a struggling silence--wherewith she besought the Divine assistance through the day Evidently, this is to be a day of more than ordinary trial to Miss Hepzibah, who, for above a quarter of a century gone by, has dwelt in strict seclusion, taking no part in the business of life, and just as little in its intercourse and pleasures.
There was always a prophetic instinct, a low whisper in my ear, that within no long period, and whenever a new change of custom should be essential to my good, change would come.
Let us now note what is least dissimilar in these heads -- namely, the two most important organs, the eye and the ear.
For on the spread of inquiry among the villagers it was stated with gathering emphasis, that the parson had wanted to know whether the pedlar wore ear-rings in his ears, and an impression was created that a great deal depended on the eliciting of this fact.
The Abyssin stood confused, and the Portuguese produced the ear out of his pocket.
That twang of the clock-spring was the first tiny cry of the newborn telephone, uttered in the clanging din of a machine-shop and happily heard by a man whose ear had been trained to recognize the strange voice of the little newcomer.
The pleasant days of Spring and Summer passed away, and in little Annie's garden Autumn flowers were blooming everywhere, with each day's sun and dew growing still more beautiful and bright; but the fairy flower, that should have been the loveliest of all, hung pale and drooping on little Annie's bosom; its fragrance seemed quite gone, and the clear, low music of its warning chime rang often in her ear.