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

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.
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

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.]


without ears
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.earless - lacking external ears; "earless seals"
eared - having ears (or appendages resembling ears) or having ears of a specified kind; often used in combination
References in classic literature ?
We have plenty of cases of rudimentary organs in our domestic productions,--as the stump of a tail in tailless breeds,--the vestige of an ear in earless breeds,--the reappearance of minute dangling horns in hornless breeds of cattle, more especially, according to Youatt, in young animals,--and the state of the whole flower in the cauliflower.
No one has lived in the house, much less in the garden, for twenty-five years, and it is such a pretty old place that the people who might have lived here and did not, deliberately preferring the horrors of a flat in a town, must have belonged to that vast number of eyeless and earless persons of whom the world seems chiefly composed.
Self-elected saints with gloomy brows, this sightless, earless, voiceless child may teach you lessons you will do well to follow.
5 million Fighting Extinction Fund helps Zoos Victoria step up their interventions in endangered species such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine and She-Oak Skinks, the Grassland Earless Dragon and Spotted Tree Frog.
The Caspian seal is one of the smallest members of the earless seal family and unique in that it is found exclusively in the brackish Caspian Sea.
The eight "sentinel" species are two flying birds (the snow petrel in Antarctica and the black-legged kittiwakein the Arctic), three diving birds (the Adelie penguin in Antarctica, the thick-billed murre and the black guillemot in the Arctic) and three earless seals (the Weddell seal and elephant seal in Antarctica, and the hooded seal in the Arctic).
The Grassland Earless Dragon (GED) Tympanocryptis pinguicolla (Fig.
The species Rosenblum and her colleagues have been focused on are the eastern fence lizard, the lesser earless lizard and the little striped whiptail.
They appear earless but actually do have small ears.
The fourth valence of racialization explains this impoverished condition: Toussaint lives currently in a cage, "some deep dungeon's earless den" (4).
The tailless and earless cat stubbornly follows another character and convinces him to try the new dish green eggs and ham.
More disconcerting to the auto supply chain is the prospect of a earless environment.