Pronunciation: (ēr),[key] —n. 1. 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.
2. the external ear alone: The hat completely covers his ears. 3. the sense of hearing: sounds that are pleasing to the ear. 4. keen or sensitive perception of the differences of sound, esp. sensitiveness to the quality and correctness of musical sounds: an ear for music; a violinist with a good ear. 5. attention; heed: to gain a person's ear. 6. any part that resembles or suggests an ear in position or form, as the handle of a teacup.
8. 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.
9. Furniture. a. a decorative feature at the upper end of a leg.
b. one of the decorative features at each end of a crest rail.
11. be all ears,Informal.to give all one's attention; listen: We were all ears as the scandal was revealed. 12. bend an ear, to listen attentively: to bend an ear to a request for aid. 13. 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. 14. by ear, without reference to written or printed music: to play the piano by ear. 15. fall on deaf ears, to be disregarded; pass unheeded: Their pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears. 16. give ear, to pay attention; listen carefully. Also,lend an ear. 17. 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. 18. have one's ears on,Slang.to be listening through earphones to a radio, cassette player, telephone communication, or the like.
19. have or 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. 20. 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. 21. 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. 22. set on one's ear or ears, to excite or stir up; shock; amaze: The presence of the movie star set the whole town on its ear. 23. 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. 24. up to one's ears, deeply involved or occupied to full capacity: We are up to our ears in work. 25. wet behind the ears. See wet (def. 11).
Pronunciation: (ēr),[key] —n. the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
—v.i. to form or put forth ears.
Pronunciation: (ēr),[key] —v.t.Brit. Dial. to plow; cultivate.