ear


ear
ear [ ır ] noun ***
1. ) count one of the two parts at the sides of your head that you hear with:
He whispered something in her ear.
2. ) singular the ability to hear and judge sounds:
She has a very good ear for music.
3. ) count the part at the top of a plant such as wheat that contains the grain:
ears of corn
all ears INFORMAL
ready to pay attention to what someone has to say
be out on your ear INFORMAL
to be suddenly removed from your job or your place in an organization
close your ears (to)
to not listen to what someone is saying or not listen to a sound
grin/smile from ear to ear
to smile a lot because you are very happy
have/keep your ear to the ground
to pay attention to what is happening, so that you know about any changes in a situation
have nothing/cotton between the ears OFFENSIVE
to be extremely stupid
have someone's ear
to know someone with power or authority who will listen to you:
He has the director's ear.
have something coming out of your ears INFORMAL
to have a lot of something, or more of it than you need:
We have information coming out of our ears and we just need time to sift through it.
keep your ears open
to pay attention to what is happening, especially in order to find out something
lend an ear
to listen to someone talking about their problems
play something by ear
1. ) to deal with a situation without having a plan, by reacting to things as they happen
2. ) to play music by hearing and remembering it, not by reading it
reach someone's ears
to be heard by someone:
Rumors of her resignation reached his ears.
someone couldn't believe their ears
used for saying that someone is very surprised by something that they hear:
I couldn't believe my ears when he told me we had to leave.
someone's ears are burning
used for saying that people are talking about someone
something goes in one ear and out the other INFORMAL
used for saying that someone does not remember what you say or pay attention to it
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • ear — W2S2 [ıə US ır] n ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your body)¦ 2¦(hearing)¦ 3¦(grain)¦ 4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear 5 6 a sympathetic ear 7 close/shut your ears to something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ear — ear1 [ir] n. [ME ere < OE ēare akin to Goth ausō, Ger ohr < IE base * ous , ear > L auris, Gr ous, OIr au] 1. the part of the body specialized for the perception of sound; organ of hearing: the human ear consists of the external ear, the …   English World dictionary

  • Ear — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Nombre Anglosajón Ear tumba Forma Futhorc …   Wikipedia Español

  • ear — Ⅰ. ear [1] ► NOUN 1) the organ of hearing and balance in humans and other vertebrates. 2) the fleshy external part of this organ. 3) (in other animals) an organ sensitive to sound. 4) an ability to recognize and appreciate music or language. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • ear — for hearing and ear of corn seem in some way to belong together, but in fact they are two quite distinct words etymologically. Ear for hearing [OE] is an ancient term that goes right back to the Indo European roots of the language. Its ancestor… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • ear — for hearing and ear of corn seem in some way to belong together, but in fact they are two quite distinct words etymologically. Ear for hearing [OE] is an ancient term that goes right back to the Indo European roots of the language. Its ancestor… …   Word origins

  • 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. [1913 Webster] First the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • EAR — steht für: East African Railways, eine Bahngesellschaft der drei ostafrikanischen Staaten Kenia, Uganda und Tansania Einnahmen Ausgaben Rechnung, im Steuerrecht, siehe Einnahmenüberschussrechnung Elektro Altgeräte Register, siehe Elektro und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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