noun Nautical.
a rope attached to a cringle and used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.

1620–30; ear1 + -ing1

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2 [eer]
the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
verb (used without object)
to form or put forth ears.

before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēar, æhher; cognate with German Ahre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus husk


3 [eer]
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
to plow; cultivate.

before 900; Middle English ere(n), Old English erian; cognate with Old Norse erja, Gothic arjan, Latin arāre

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ear1 (ɪə)
1.  external ear middle ear See internal ear the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In man and other mammals it consists of three partsRelated: aural, otic
2.  the outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp man
3.  the sense of hearing
4.  sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etc: he has an ear for music
5.  attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear)
6.  an object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug
7.  Also called (esp Brit): earpiece a display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc
8.  all ears very attentive; listening carefully
9.  by ear without reading from written music
10.  slang chew someone's ear to reprimand severely
11.  fall on deaf ears to be ignored or pass unnoticed
12.  (Caribbean) have hard ears to be stubbornly disobedient
13.  informal a flea in one's ear a sharp rebuke
14.  have the ear of to be in a position to influence: he has the ear of the president
15.  in one ear and out the other heard but unheeded
16.  keep one's ear to the ground, have one's ear to the ground to be or try to be well informed about current trends and opinions
17.  informal make a pig's ear of to ruin disastrously
18.  one's ears are burning one is aware of being the topic of another's conversation
19.  informal out on one's ear dismissed unceremoniously
20.  play by ear
 a.  to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
 b.  to perform a musical piece on an instrument without written music
21.  prick up one's ears to start to listen attentively; become interested
22.  set by the ears to cause disagreement or commotion
23.  informal a thick ear a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
24.  turn a deaf ear to be deliberately unresponsive
25.  informal up to one's ears deeply involved, as in work or debt
26.  informal wet behind the ears inexperienced; naive; immature
Related: aural, otic
[Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris]

ear2 (ɪə)
1.  the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
2.  (intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts
[Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed]

earing (ˈɪərɪŋ)
nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
[C17: from ear1 + -ing1 or perhaps ring1]

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Word Origin & History

"organ of hearing," O.E. eare, from P.Gmc. *auzon (cf. Dan. øre, Ger. Ohr, Goth. auso), from PIE *aus- with a sense of "perception" (cf. Gk. aus, L. auris, Lith. ausis, O.C.S. ucho, O.Ir. au "ear," Avestan usi "the two ears"). The belief that itching or burning ears means someone is talking about
you is mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History" (77 C.E.). Until at least the 1880s, even some medical men still believed piercing the ear lobes improved one's eyesight. Meaning "handle of a pitcher" is mid-15c. To be wet behind the ears "naive" is implied from 1914. Phrase walls have ears attested from 1620. Ear-bash (v.) is Australian slang (1944) for "to talk inordinately" (to someone).

"grain part of corn," from O.E. ear (W.Saxon), æher (Northumbrian) "spike, ear of grain," from P.Gmc. *akhaz (gen. *akhizaz), from PIE base *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. L. acus "husk of corn;" see acrid).
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Medical Dictionary

ear (ēr)

  1. The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.

  2. The part of this organ that is externally visible.

  3. The sense of hearing.

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Science Dictionary
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  1. The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.

  2. An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.

ear 2   (îr)  Pronunciation Key 
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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Cultural Dictionary

ear definition

The organ of hearing, which also plays a role in maintaining balance. It is divided into the outer ear (from the outside to the eardrum), the middle ear, and the inner ear.

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Ear definition

used frequently in a figurative sense (Ps. 34:15). To "uncover the ear" is to show respect to a person (1 Sam. 20:2 marg.). To have the "ear heavy", or to have "uncircumcised ears" (Isa. 6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear "bored" through with an awl was a sign of perpetual servitude (Ex. 21:6).

Earing definition

an Old English word (from the Latin aro, I plough), meaning "ploughing." It is used in the Authorized Version in Gen. 45:6; Ex. 34:21; 1 Sam. 8:12; Deut. 21:4; Isa. 30:24; but the Revised Version has rendered the original in these places by the ordinary word to plough or till.

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Now, usually doing a good job coincides with earing lots of money.
They peek inside, examine the dog-earing, the marginal scribbles.
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