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Ear


E'AR, noun [Latin auris, whence auricula; audio.]

1. The organ of hearing; the organ by which sound is perceived; and in general, both the external and internal part is understood by the term. The external ear is a cartilaginous funnel, attached, by ligaments and muscles, to the temporal bone.

2. The sense of hearing, or rather the power of distinguishing sounds and judging of harmony; the power of nice perception of the differences of sound, or of consonances and dissonances. She has a delicate ear for music, or a good ear

3. In the plural, the head or person.

It is better to pass over an affront from one scoundrel, than to draw a herd about one's ears.

4. The top, or highest part.

The cavalier was up to the ears in love.

5. A favorable hearing; attention; heed; regard. Give no

ear to flattery.

I cried to God--and he gave ear to me. Psalms 77:1.

He could not gain the prince's ear

6. Disposition to like or dislike what is heard; opinion; judgment; taste.

He laid his sense closer--according to the style and ear of those times.

7. Any part of a thing resembling an ear; a projecting part from the side of any thing; as the ears of a vessel used as handles.

8. The spike of corn; that part of certain plants which contains the flowers and seeds; as an ear of wheat or maiz.

To be by the ears, ------------------

To fall together by the ears, ------- to fight or scuffle; to

To go together by the ears, --------- quarrel.

To set by the ears, to make strife; to cause to quarrel.

EAR, verb intransitive To shoot, as an ear; to form ears, as corn.

EAR, verb transitive [Latin aro.] To plow or till.