The pirate continued talking much in this way for some time, but without producing any effect upon his hearers.
There was no answer: but the thoughts of the hearers were almost opposites.
This simple action had the effect of making both her hearers extremely nervous, they could not have explained why.
So said the aged John to some amongst his hearers in these corrupt Asiatic cities.
There can be no doubt that he was dealing with a situation thoroughly familiar to, and understood by, his hearers.
Her hearers did not find it in their hearts to echo this wish.
He paused, preoccupied; he was thinking less of his hearers than of himself.
His simple reply had a galvanic effect on his three hearers.
I had expected to stir the imagination of my hearers, for my own was aglow.
It is to this original nature of spirit that Socrates points his hearers.
Old English heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (West Saxon) "to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge," from Proto-Germanic *hauzjan (cf. Old Norse heyra, Old Frisian hora, Dutch horen, German hören, Gothic hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous- "to hear" (see acoustic). The shift from *-z- to -r- is a regular feature in some Germanic languages.
For spelling, see see head (n.); spelling distinction between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Old English also had the excellent adjective hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," literally "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1680s) was originally imperative, used as an exclamation to call attention to a speaker's words; now a general cheer of approval. Originally it was hear him!
v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
To perceive (sound) by the ear.