What does EAR mean?

Definitions for EARɪər

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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

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

  11. Origin: [OE. erien, AS. erian; akin to OFries. era, OHG. erran, MHG. eren, ern, Prov. G. aren, ren, Icel. erja, Goth. arjan, Lith. arti, OSlav. orati, L. arare, Gr. . Cf. Arable.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ear

    ēr, n. a spike, as of corn.—v.i. to put forth ears.—n. Ear′-cock′le, a disease of wheat.—adj. Eared, of corn, having ears. [A.S. éar; Ger. ähre.]

  2. Ear

    ēr, v.t. (obs.) to plough or till.—n. Ear′ing (obs.), ploughing. [A.S. erian; cf. L. arāre, Gr. aroein.]

  3. Ear

    ēr, n. the organ of hearing, or the external part merely: the sense or power of hearing: the faculty of distinguishing sounds: attention: anything like an ear.—ns. Ear′ache, an ache or pain in the ear; Ear′bob, an earring; Ear′-cap, a covering to protect the ear from cold; Ear′drop, an ornamental pendant hanging from the ear; Ear′drum, the drum or middle cavity of the ear, tympanum (q.v.).—adj. Eared, having ears.—n. Ear′-hole, the aperture of the ear.—adj. Ear′-kiss′ing, whispered.—n. Ear′lap, the tip of the ear: an ear-cap.—adj. Ear′less, wanting ears.—ns. Ear′lock, a curl near the ear worn by Elizabethan dandies; Ear′mark, a mark set on the ears of sheep whereby their owners may distinguish them: a distinctive mark.—v.t. to put an earmark on.—n. Ear′-pick, an instrument for clearing the ear.—adj. Ear′-pierc′ing, shrill, screaming.—ns. Ear′ring, an ornamental ring worn in the ear; Ear′-shell, any shell of the family Haliotidæ; Ear′shot, the distance at which a sound can be heard; Ear′-trum′pet, a tube to aid in hearing; Ear′wax, a waxy substance secreted by the glands of the ear; Ear′wig, an insect which was supposed to creep into the brain through the ear: a flatterer.—v.t. to gain the ear of: to bias: to torment by private importunities (A.S. éarwicga, éare, ear, wicga, earwig).—n. Ear′witness, a witness that can testify from his own hearing.—About one's ears, said of a house falling, &c.; Be all ears, to give every attention; Give ear, to attend; Go in at one ear and out at the other, used of words which make no permanent impression; Have a person's ear, to be secure of his favourable attention; Have itching ears, to be desirous of hearing novelties (2 Tim. iv. 3); Lend an ear, to listen; Over head and ears, overwhelmed: deeply engrossed or involved; Set by the ears, to set at strife; Speak in the ear, to whisper; Tickle the ear, to flatter; Turn a deaf ear, to refuse to listen; Walls have ears, a proverbial phrase implying that there may be listeners behind the wall. [A.S. éare; cf. L. auris, Ger. ohr.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donna Davis:

    Oh, half my ear is gone.

  2. Rosie Seelaus:

    Take your ear off for me, please.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    For they are yet ear-kissing arguments.

  4. Thomas Fuller:

    Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.

  5. Zora Neale Hurston, "Their Eyes Were Watching God":

    An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.

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