Definitions for earɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. the external ear alone.

    Category: Anatomy

  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.

    Category: Journalism

  8. ears,Slang. earphones.

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for ear:

  1. be all ears,to be extremely attentive.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. by ear,without reference to musical notation.

    Category: Idiom

  3. fall on deaf ears,to be disregarded; pass unheeded.

    Category: Idiom

  4. go in one ear and out the other,to hear but without understanding or effect.

    Category: Idiom

  5. have or keep one's ear to the ground,to stay alert to current trends and viewpoints.

    Category: Idiom

  6. lend an or give ear,to pay attention.

    Category: Idiom

  7. play it by ear,to improvise.

    Category: Idiom

  8. set on one's ear,to amaze.

    Category: Idiom

  9. turn a deaf ear to,to refuse to consider or deal with.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ear:

bef. 900; ME ere, OE ēare; c. OS, OHG ōra, ON eyra, Go auso, L auris, Lith ausìs, Gk oûs


  1. the spike of a cereal plant, containing the seed grains.

    Category: Botany

  2. (v.i.)to form or put forth ears.

Origin of ear:

bef. 900; ME ere, OE ēar, æhher; c. OS ahar, OHG ahir, ehir, ON ax, Go ahs ear, L acus husk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ear(noun)

    the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium

  2. ear(noun)

    good hearing

    "he had a keen ear"; "a good ear for pitch"

  3. auricle, pinna, ear(noun)

    the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear

  4. ear(noun)

    attention to what is said

    "he tried to get her ear"

  5. ear, spike, capitulum(noun)

    fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ear(noun)ɪər

    one of the two hearing organs on the sides of your head

    a hat to keep your ears warm; a ringing sound in my ears

  2. earɪər

    the top part of plants such as wheat or corn

    ***an ear of wheat/corn

  3. earɪər

    to have too much of sth

    I have work coming out of my ears.

  4. earɪər

    indicates that sb does not really listen

    Everything I tell her goes in one ear and out the other.

  5. earɪər

    to change your plans as a situation develops rather than planning beforehand

    I'm not sure how long it'll last - let's just play it by ear.

  6. earɪər

    to have a big smile on your face

    He came off stage grinning from ear to ear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ear(noun)

    the organ of hearing; the external ear

  2. Ear(noun)

    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

  3. Ear(noun)

    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 Bell

  4. Ear(noun)

    same as Acroterium

  5. Ear(noun)

    same as Crossette

  6. Ear(noun)

    privilege of being kindly heard; favor; attention

  7. Ear(verb)

    to take in with the ears; to hear

  8. Ear(noun)

    the spike or head of any cereal (as, wheat, rye, barley, Indian corn, etc.), containing the kernels

  9. Ear(verb)

    to put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain; as, this corn ears well

  10. Ear(verb)

    to plow or till; to cultivate


  1. Ear

    The ear is the organ that detects sound. It not only receives sound, but also aids in balance and body position. The ear is part of the auditory system. Often the entire organ is considered the ear, though it may also be considered just the visible portion. In most mammals, the visible ear is a flap of tissue that is also called the pinna and is the first of many steps in hearing. Vertebrates have a pair of ears placed somewhat symmetrically on opposite sides of the head. This arrangement aids in the ability to localize sound sources.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ear

    The hearing and equilibrium system of the body. It consists of three parts: the EXTERNAL EAR, the MIDDLE EAR, and the INNER EAR. Sound waves are transmitted through this organ where vibration is transduced to nerve signals that pass through the ACOUSTIC NERVE to the CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. The inner ear also contains the vestibular organ that maintains equilibrium by transducing signals to the VESTIBULAR NERVE.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3519

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2782

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ear' in Nouns Frequency: #787

Anagrams of ear

  1. ERA

Translations for ear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of the head by means of which we hear, or its external part only

Her new hair-style covers her ears.

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