- the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
- the act of perceiving sound.
- opportunity to be heard: to grant a hearing.
- an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.
- a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
- earshot: Their conversation was beyond my hearing.
Origin of hearing
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- to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?
- to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of: to hear news.
- to listen to; give or pay attention to: They refused to hear our side of the argument.
- to be among the audience at or of (something): to hear a recital.
- to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly: to hear a case.
- to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone): to hear the defendant.
- to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
- (of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.
- to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
- to receive information by the ear or otherwise: to hear from a friend.
- to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often followed by of): I will not hear of your going.
- (of a computer) to be capable of perceiving by speech recognition.
- (used as an interjection in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).
Origin of hear
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Examples from the Web for hearing
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Or is it simply that what you are hearing and seeing about race in the media seems worse?Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
But at the same time, since Zimmerman, you've been hearing cases about officers killing black children—black men, Hispanic men.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters
December 22, 2014
A hearing to decide the question of whether or not Livvix will remain in custody takes place on Dec. 21.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
At the end of the hearing Gruber walked out silently, surrounded by cameras and accompanied by his lawyer.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
December 9, 2014
We have not had an opportunity of hearing of Mr. Barlee, or what he has done since he was in Adelaide.Explorations in Australia
He was fond of hearing Grace's enthusiastic views of things.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
As soon as they had gone out of my hearing I emerged from the brier thicket.Biography of a Slave
The wind was blowing the other way, and that might be the cause of his hearing no reply.Weighed and Wanting
But, before he was out of hearing, one of the maidens called after him.The Three Golden Apples
- the faculty or sense by which sound is perceivedRelated adjective: audio
- an opportunity to be listened to
- the range within which sound can be heard; earshot
- the investigation of a matter by a court of law, esp the preliminary inquiry into an indictable crime by magistrates
- a formal or official trial of an action or lawsuit
- (tr) to perceive (a sound) with the sense of hearing
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to listen todid you hear what I said?
- (when intr, sometimes foll by of or about; when tr, may take a clause as object) to be informed (of); receive information (about)to hear of his success; have you heard?
- law to give a hearing to (a case)
- (when intr, usually foll by of and used with a negative) to listen (to) with favour, assent, etcshe wouldn't hear of it
- (intr foll by from) to receive a letter, news, etc (from)
- hear! hear! an exclamation used to show approval of something said
- hear tell dialect to be told (about); learn (of)
Word Origin and History for hearing
"perception by ear," early 13c., from present participle of hear. Meaning "a listening to evidence in a court of law" is from 1570s.
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!
- The sense by which sound is perceived; the capacity to hear.
- To perceive (sound) by the ear.