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Ear definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

E'AR, n. [L. auris, whence auricula; audio.]
1. The organ of hearing; the organ by which sound is perceived; and in general, both the external and internal part is understood by the term. The external ear is a cartilaginous funnel, attached, by ligaments and muscles, to the temporal bone.
2. The sense of hearing, or rather the power of distinguishing sounds and judging of harmony; the power of nice perception of the differences of sound, or of consonances and dissonances. She has a delicate ear for music, or a good ear.
3. In the plural, the head or person.
It is better to pass over an affront from one scoundrel,than to draw a herd about one's ears.
4. The top, or highest part.
The cavalier was up to the ears in love.
5. A favorable hearing; attention; heed; regard. Give no
ear to flattery.
I cried to God--and he gave ear to me. Psalms 77.
He could not gain the prince's ear.
6. Disposition to like or dislike what is heard; opinion; judgment; taste.
He laid his sense closer--according to the style and ear of those times.
7. Any part of a thing resembling an ear; a projecting part from the side of any thing; as the ears of a vessel used as handles.
8. The spike of corn; that part of certain plants which contains the flowers and seeds; as an ear of wheat or maiz.
To be by the ears,------------------
To fall together by the ears,------- to fight or scuffle; to
To go together by the ears,--------- quarrel.
To set by the ears, to make strife; to cause to quarrel.
EAR, v.i. To shoot, as an ear; to form ears, as corn.
EAR, v.t. [L. aro.] To plow or till.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English ere, from Old English ?are; akin to Old High German ?ra ear, Latin auris, Greek ous Date: before 12th century 1. a. the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae b. any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion 2. the external ear of humans and most mammals 3. a. the sense or act of hearing b. acuity of hearing c. sensitivity to musical tone and pitch; also the ability to retain and reproduce music that has been heard d. sensitivity to nuances of language especially as revealed in the command of verbal melody and rhythm or in the ability to render a spoken idiom accurately 4. something resembling a mammalian ear in shape, position, or function: as a. a projecting part (as a lug or handle) b. either of a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head of some birds 5. attention, awareness <lend an ear> 6. a space in the upper corner of the front page of a periodical (as a newspaper) usually containing advertising for the periodical itself or a weather forecast 7. a person who listens ; listener <looking for a friendly ear> II. noun Etymology: Middle English er, from Old English ?ar; akin to Old High German ahir ear, Old English ecg edge more at edge Date: before 12th century the fruiting spike of a cereal (as wheat or Indian corn) including both the seeds and protective structures III. intransitive verb Date: 14th century to form ears in growing <the rye should be earing up>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. 1 a the organ of hearing and balance in man and vertebrates, esp. the external part of this. b an organ sensitive to sound in other animals. 2 the faculty for discriminating sounds (an ear for music). 3 an ear-shaped thing, esp. the handle of a jug. 4 listening, attention. Phrases and idioms: all ears listening attentively. bring about one's ears bring down upon oneself. ear-drops 1 medicinal drops for the ear. 2 hanging earrings. ear lobe the lower soft pendulous external part of the ear. ear-piercing loud and shrill. ear-splitting excessively loud. ear-trumpet a trumpet-shaped device formerly used as a hearing-aid. give ear to listen to. have a person's ear receive a favourable hearing. have (or keep) an ear to the ground be alert to rumours or the trend of opinion. in one ear and out the other heard but disregarded or quickly forgotten. out on one's ear dismissed ignominiously. up to one's ears (often foll. by in) colloq. deeply involved or occupied. Derivatives: eared adj. (also in comb.). earless adj. Etymology: OE eare f. Gmc: rel. to L auris, Gk ous 2. n. the seed-bearing head of a cereal plant. Etymology: OE ear f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ear 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 brain. 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. --Tennyson. 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 Bell. 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. --Bacon. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. --Shak. 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 otocysts. 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.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ear 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ear Ear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eared; p. pr. & vb. n. Earing.] To take in with the ears; to hear. [Sportive] ``I eared her language.'' --Two Noble Kinsmen.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ear 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ear Ear, v. i. To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain; as, this corn ears well.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Canon Can"on, n. [OE. canon, canoun, AS. canon rule (cf. F. canon, LL. canon, and, for sense 7, F. chanoine, LL. canonicus), fr. L. canon a measuring line, rule, model, fr. Gr. ? rule, rod, fr. ?, ?, red. See Cane, and cf. Canonical.] 1. A law or rule. Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. --Shak. 2. (Eccl.) A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority. Various canons which were made in councils held in the second centry. --Hock. 3. The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a. 4. In monasteries, a book containing the rules of a religious order. 5. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church. 6. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church. 7. (Mus.) A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda (tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation. 8. (Print.) The largest size of type having a specific name; -- so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church. 9. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; -- called also ear and shank. Note: [See Illust. of Bell.] --Knight. 10. (Billiards) See Carom. Apostolical canons. See under Apostolical. Augustinian canons, Black canons. See under Augustinian. Canon capitular, Canon residentiary, a resident member of a cathedral chapter (during a part or the whole of the year). Canon law. See under Law. Canon of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), that part of the mass, following the Sanctus, which never changes. Honorary canon, a canon who neither lived in a monastery, nor kept the canonical hours. Minor canon (Ch. of Eng.), one who has been admitted to a chapter, but has not yet received a prebend. Regular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who lived in a conventual community and follower the rule of St. Austin; a Black canon. Secular canon (R. C. Ch.), one who did not live in a monastery, but kept the hours.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crossette Cros*sette" (kr?s-s?t`), n. [F., dim. of crosse. See Crosier.] (Arch.) (a) A return in one of the corners of the architrave of a door or window; -- called also ancon, ear, elbow. (b) The shoulder of a joggled keystone.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ears) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Your ears are the two parts of your body, one on each side of your head, with which you hear sounds. He whispered something in her ear... I'm having my ears pierced. N-COUNT 2. If you have an ear for music or language, you are able to hear its sounds accurately and to interpret them or reproduce them well. Moby certainly has a fine ear for a tune... An ear for foreign languages is advantageous. N-SING: with supp, usu N for n 3. Ear is often used to refer to people's willingness to listen to what someone is saying. What would cause the masses to give him a far more sympathetic ear?... They had shut their eyes and ears to everything. N-COUNT: oft adj N 4. The ears of a cereal plant such as wheat or barley are the parts at the top of the stem, which contain the seeds or grains. N-COUNT: usu pl 5. If someone says that they are all ears, they mean that they are ready and eager to listen. (INFORMAL) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR 6. If a request falls on deaf ears or if the person to whom the request is made turns a deaf ear to it, they take no notice of it. I hope that our appeals will not fall on deaf ears... He has turned a resolutely deaf ear to American demands for action. PHRASE: V inflects 7. If you keep or have your ear to the ground, you make sure that you find out about the things that people are doing or saying. Jobs in manufacturing are relatively scarce but I keep my ear to the ground. PHRASE: V inflects 8. If you lend an ear to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and sympathetically. They are always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice they can. PHRASE: V inflects 9. If you say that something goes in one ear and out the other, you mean that someone pays no attention to it, or forgets about it immediately. That rubbish goes in one ear and out the other. PHRASE: V inflects 10. If someone says that you will be out on your ear, they mean that you will be forced to leave a job, an organization or a place suddenly. (INFORMAL) We never objected. We'd have been out on our ears looking for another job if we had. PHRASE: N inflects, v-link PHR 11. If you play by ear or play a piece of music by ear, you play music by relying on your memory rather than by reading printed music. Neil played, by ear, the music he'd heard his older sister practicing. PHRASE: V inflects 12. If you play it by ear, you decide what to say or do in a situation by responding to events rather than by following a plan which you have decided on in advance. PHRASE: V inflects 13. If you are up to your ears in something, it is taking up all of your time, attention, or resources. He was desperate. He was in debt up to his ears. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR in n 14. music to your ears: see music wet behind the ears: see wet

Easton's 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).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

er ('ozen; ous, otion, the latter word (literally, "earlet") in all the Gospels only used of the ear of the high priest's servant, which was cut off by Peter: Mt 26:51; Mr 14:47; Lu 22:51 (not 22:50); Joh 18:10,26):

(1) The physical organ of hearing which was considered of peculiar importance as the chief instrument by which man receives information and commandments. For this reason the ear of the priest had to be specially sanctified, the tip of the right ear being touched with sacrificial blood at the consecration (Le 8:23). Similarly the ear of the cleansed leper had to be rededicated to the service of God by blood and oil (Le 14:14,17,25,28). The ear-lobe of a servant, who preferred to remain with the family of his master rather than become free in the seventh year, was to be publicly bored or pierced with an awl in token of perpetual servitude (Ex 21:6). It has been suggested that Ps 40:6 should be interpreted in this sense, but this is not probable (see below). The cutting off of the ears and noses of captives was an atrocious custom of war frequently alluded to in oriental literature, (Eze 23:25). The phrase "to open the ear," which originally means the uncovering of the ear by partially removing the turban, so as to permit a clearer hearing, is used in the sense of revealing a secret or of giving important (private) information (1Sa 9:15; 20:2,12,13; 2Sa 7:27; 1Ch 17:25; Ps 40:6), and the New Testament promises similarly that "things which eye saw not, and ear heard not" are to be revealed by the reconciled God to the heart that in gladsome surrender has come to Him to be taught by His spirit (1Co 2:9).

(2) The inner ear, the organ of spiritual perception. If the ear listens, the heart willingly submits, but often the spiritual ear is "hardened" (Isa 6:10; Zec 7:11; Mt 13:15; Ac 28:27), or "heavy" (Isa 6:10; De 29:4), either by self-seeking obstinacy or by the judgment of an insulted God. Such unwilling hearers are compared to the "deaf adder .... which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely" (Ps 58:4,5; Pr 21:13; 28:9; Ac 7:57). The expression "He that hath ears to hear let him hear" is frequent in the Synoptic Gospels, occurring 7 or 8 times: Mt 11:15; Mt 13:9,43; Mr 4:9,23 (7:16 the Revised Version (British and American) omits); Lu 8:8; 14:35, and while not found in the Fourth Gospel, it occurs seven times in Re 2 and 3. "Itching ears," on the other hand, are those that have become tired of the sound of oft-repeated truth and that long for new though deceitful teaching (2Ti 4:3). Ears may "tingle" at startling news, especially of disaster (1Sa 3:11; 2Ki 21:12; Jer 19:3).

(3) God's ears are often mentioned in the anthropopathic style of Scripture, signifying the ability of God to receive the petitions of His people, for "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?" (Ps 94:9 also Ps 10:17; 34:15; 130:2; Is 59:1; 1Pe 3:12). But God also hears the murmurings of the wicked against Him (Nu 11:1; 2Ki 19:28; /APC Wis 1:10; Jas 5:4); still it lies in His power to refuse to hear (Eze 8:18; La 3:8 compare also La 3:56).

H. L. E. Luering

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Organ of hearing. 2. Musical perception, faculty of discriminating sounds, sense of hearing. 3. Regard, heed, attention, hearing. 4. Spike (of grain), head.


Landing Facility TypeAIRPORT
Airport CodeEAR
FAA DistrictNONE
County StateNE
Owner TypePU
Facility UsePU
Facility City, State, Zip"KEARNEY, NE 68848"
Aeronautical chart on which the airport facility appearsOMAHA
Distance from the central business district of the associated city to the airport in nautical miles04
Direction of airport from the central business district of the associated cityNE
Airport Certification Type and DateIII S 11/2002
NASP/Federal Agreement CodeNGPY
Customs international airportN
Customs Landing Rights AirportN
Joint UseN
Military Landing RightsY
Control TowerN
Based Single Engine General Aviation Aircraft050
Based Multi-engine general aviation aircraft006
Based Jet engine general aviation aircraft003
Based Helicopters002
Commercial Services000972
Air Taxi000600
General Aviation, Local Operations015000
General Aviation - Itinerant Operations017000
Military Aircraft Operations000100
State FIPS code31
State Postal CodeNE
Total domestic enplanements (inbound plus outbound)6479

Moby Thesaurus

Eustachian tube, advertence, advertency, alertness, anvil, assiduity, assiduousness, attention, attention span, attentiveness, audibility, audience, audition, auditory apparatus, auditory canal, auditory meatus, auditory nerve, auditory ossicles, auditory tube, aural examination, aural sense, auricle, auscultation, awareness, basilar membrane, bilge, blain, bleb, blister, blob, bony labyrinth, boss, bow, bubble, bugging, bulb, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, button, cahot, care, cauliflower ear, chine, clump, cob, cochlea, concentration, conch, concha, condyle, conference, consciousness, consideration, convex, corncob, diligence, dowel, drumhead, eager attention, ear lobe, ear of corn, eardrum, earnestness, eavesdropping, electronic surveillance, endolymph, examination by ear, external ear, favorable attention, flange, flap, gall, gnarl, hammer, handle, hearing, heed, heedfulness, heeding, hill, hump, hunch, hushed attention, incus, inner ear, intentiveness, intentness, interview, jog, joggle, knob, knot, knur, knurl, lip, listening, listening in, lobe, lobule, loop, lug, lump, malleus, mark, mastoid process, mealie, middle ear, mind, mindfulness, mole, mountain, nevus, note, notice, nub, nubbin, nubble, observance, observation, organ of Corti, outer ear, oval window, papilloma, peg, perilymph, pinna, rapt attention, regard, regardfulness, remark, respect, rib, ridge, ring, round window, secondary eardrum, semicircular canals, sense of hearing, shell, shoulder, spike, spine, stapes, stirrup, stud, style, tab, thought, tryout, tubercle, tubercule, tympanic cavity, tympanic membrane, tympanum, verruca, vesicle, vestibule, wale, wart, welt, wiretapping

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