Definition of "ear" []

  • Anatomy The vertebrate organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided in mammals into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. (noun)
  • Anatomy The part of this organ that is externally visible. (noun)
  • An invertebrate organ analogous to the mammalian ear. (noun)
  • The sense of hearing: a sound that grates on the ear. (noun)
  • Sensitivity or receptiveness to sound, especially: (noun)
  • The organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In humans and other mammals it consists of three parts (noun)

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  • The outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp humans (noun)
  • The sense of hearing (noun)
  • Sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etc (noun)
  • Attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear) (noun)
  • An object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug (noun)
  • A display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ear" in a sentence
  • "If the child has frequent ear infections, see a health worker or ‘ear doctor’."
  • "_First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear_."
  • "The _bambino_, to express his agony, was _grinning from ear to ear_."