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/ ɪər /
the organ of hearing and equilibrium in vertebrates, in humans consisting of an external ear that gathers sound vibrations, a middle ear in which the vibrations resonate against the tympanic membrane, and a fluid-filled internal ear that maintains balance and that conducts the tympanic vibrations to the auditory nerve, which transmits them as impulses to the brain.
the external ear alone: The hat completely covers his ears.
the sense of hearing: sounds that are pleasing to the ear.
keen or sensitive perception of the differences of sound, especially sensitiveness to the quality and correctness of musical sounds: an ear for music; a violinist with a good ear.
attention; heed: to gain a person's ear.
any part that resembles or suggests an ear in position or form, as the handle of a teacup.
Journalism. a small box in either upper corner of a newspaper page, usually the front page or split page, containing the name of or a symbol for the edition, a weather bulletin, a slogan, or the like.
- a decorative feature at the upper end of a leg.
- one of the decorative features at each end of a crest rail.
ears, Slang. earphones.
be all ears, Informal. to give all one's attention; listen: We were all ears as the scandal was revealed.
bend an ear, to listen attentively: to bend an ear to a request for aid.
bend someone's ear, Informal. to talk to someone uninterruptedly and often so as to induce boredom: He'll bend your ear for hours if given the chance.
by ear, without reference to written or printed music: to play the piano by ear.
fall on deaf ears, to be disregarded; pass unheeded: Their pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears.
give ear, to pay attention; listen carefully.Also lend an ear.
go in one ear and out the other, to be heard but ignored; be put out of mind: My repeated warnings to her went in one ear and out the other.
have/keep one's ear to the ground, to keep well-informed about current trends; be shrewd or astute: Because she had her ear to the ground, she made a large fortune in stock speculation.
have one's ears on, Slang. to be listening to a CB radio, police radio, walkie-talkie, etc.
pin someone's ears back, Slang. to give a person a sound beating; defeat a person utterly: If he doesn't behave himself, I'll pin his ears back.
set by the ears, to cause to dispute or quarrel: He's a troublemaker who keeps trying to set the two other children by the ears.
set on one's ear/ears, to excite or stir up; shock; amaze: The presence of the movie star set the whole town on its ear.
turn a deaf ear to, to refuse to listen to or consider (a request, petition, etc.): He turns a deaf ear to requests for loans.
up to one's ears, deeply involved or occupied to full capacity: We are up to our ears in work.
wet behind the ears. wet(def 19).
Origin of ear1
before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēare; cognate with Old Norse eyra, German Ohr, Gothic auso, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausìs, Greek oûs
Related formsear·less, adjectiveear·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go in one ear and out the other (1 of 2)
/ (ɪə) /
the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In man and other mammals it consists of three partsSee external ear, middle ear, internal ear Related adjectives: aural, otic
the outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp man
the sense of hearing
sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etche has an ear for music
attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear)
an object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug
Also called (esp Brit): earpiece a display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc
all ears very attentive; listening carefully
by ear without reading from written music
chew someone's ear slang to reprimand severely
fall on deaf ears to be ignored or pass unnoticed
have hard ears Caribbean to be stubbornly disobedient
a flea in one's ear informal a sharp rebuke
have the ear of to be in a position to influencehe has the ear of the president
in one ear and out the other heard but unheeded
keep one's ear to the ground or have one's ear to the ground to be or try to be well informed about current trends and opinions
make a pig's ear of informal to ruin disastrously
one's ears are burning one is aware of being the topic of another's conversation
out on one's ear informal dismissed unceremoniously
play by ear
- to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
- to perform a musical piece on an instrument without written music
prick up one's ears to start to listen attentively; become interested
set by the ears to cause disagreement or commotion
a thick ear informal a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
turn a deaf ear to be deliberately unresponsive
up to one's ears informal deeply involved, as in work or debt
wet behind the ears informal inexperienced; naive; immature
Derived Formsearless, adjectiveearlike, adjective
Word Origin for ear
Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris
British Dictionary definitions for go in one ear and out the other (2 of 2)
/ (ɪə) /
the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
(intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts
Word Origin for ear
Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed
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Medicine definitions for go in one ear and out the other
[ îr ]
The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
The part of this organ that is externally visible.
The sense of hearing.
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Science definitions for go in one ear and out the other (1 of 2)
[ îr ]
The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.
An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.
Science definitions for go in one ear and out the other (2 of 2)
[ îr ]
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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Culture definitions for go in one ear and out the other
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Idioms and Phrases with go in one ear and out the other (1 of 2)
go in one ear and out the other
see under in one ear.
Idioms and Phrases with go in one ear and out the other (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with ear
- early bird catches the worm
- early on
- early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise)
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- ears are burning, one's
- ear to the ground, have one's
- all ears
- believe one's ears
- bend someone's ear
- can't make a silk purse out of sow's ear
- coming out of one's ears
- cute as a button (bug's ear)
- fall on deaf ears
- flea in one's ear
- have someone's ear
- in one ear and out the other
- lend one's ear
- music to one's ears
- out on one's ear
- pin someone's ears back
- play by ear
- prick up one's ears
- put a bug in someone's ear
- turn a deaf ear
- up to one's ears
- walls have ears
- wet behind the ears
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