IPA: ˈɪr


  • (countable) The organ of hearing, consisting of the pinna, auditory canal, eardrum, malleus, incus, stapes and cochlea.
  • (countable) The external part of the organ of hearing, the auricle.
  • (countable, slang) A police informant.
  • The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; skill or good taste in listening to music.
  • The privilege of being kindly heard; favour; attention.
  • That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an animal; a prominence or projection on an object, usually for support or attachment; a lug; a handle; a foot-rest or step of a spade or a similar digging tool.
  • (architecture) An acroterium.
  • (architecture) A crossette.
  • (journalism) A space to the left or right of a publication's front-page title, used for advertising, weather, etc.
  • (countable) The fruiting body of a grain plant.
  • Outcroppings and ridges from a baguette surface, where the uncooked dough has been scored.
  • (programming) Initialism of Enterprise Application Archive (a file format used to package Java applications)
  • (nutrition) Initialism of estimated average requirements.


  • (humorous) To take in with the ears; to hear.
  • To hold by the ears.
  • (intransitive) To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain does.
  • (archaic) To plough.

Examples of "ear" in Sentences

  • The head of the cat is round and the ears erect.
  • The ears are inconspicuous, but the eyes are prominent.
  • The tympanum of the ear is two thirds the diameter of the eye.
  • The ears are pendant, relatively small and lie close to the head.
  • The _bambino_, to express his agony, was _grinning from ear to ear_.
  • The ears are small and rounded and situated on the sides of the head.
  • These three gifts are an unerring eye, a good memory, and a good ear.
  • _First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear_.
  • It innervates the scalp in the lateral area of the head behind the ear.
  • David drew his practice sketch drooping the ears and enlarging the eyes.
  • *shuffles off to look for ear trumpet, forgetting it's already in his ear*
  • Its pushy and ridiculously abstruse, and an offense to the eye, and the ear.
  • If the child has frequent ear infections, see a health worker or ‘ear doctor’.
  • The dance moves onto a crescendo that is thrilling to both, the eye and the ear.
  • In all such cases it is "_first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear_."
  • The soil produces of itself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear» (Mk 4: 26-28).
  • Its progress may be rapid, but, ideally considered, each new stage is conditioned by the one that went before: _first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear_.
  • Our Saviour, therefore, so often compares the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Grace, to growth from a seed, where it is "_first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear_," Mark iv.
  • We do not accuse Master Payne of this; but at times a little of the _a_ cheats the _o_ of its good old round rights; so distantly however, as not to be noticed except by a very accurate ear -- but he ought not to let _any ear_ discover it.
  • So, to return whence I began, it is no use imagining that we necessarily hear music by going to concerts and festivals and operas, exposing our bodily ear to showers and floods of sound, unless we happen to be in the right humour, unless we dispose, at the moment, of that rare and capricious thing -- the _inner ear_.

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