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[eer-ing] /ˈɪər ɪŋ/
noun, Nautical
1.
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.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; ear1 + -ing1

ear2

[eer] /ɪər/
noun
1.
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)
2.
to form or put forth ears.
Origin
before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēar, æhher; cognate with German Ahre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus husk

ear3

[eer] /ɪər/
verb (used with object), British Dialect
1.
to plow; cultivate.
Origin
before 900; Middle English ere(n), Old English erian; cognate with Old Norse erja, Gothic arjan, Latin arāre
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British Dictionary definitions for earing

earing

/ˈɪərɪŋ/
noun
1.
(nautical) a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
Word Origin
C17: from ear1 + -ing1 or perhaps ring1

ear1

/ɪə/
noun
1.
the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In man and other mammals it consists of three parts See external ear, middle ear, internal ear related adjectives 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
  1. to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
  2. 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
Derived Forms
earless, adjective
earlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris

ear2

/ɪə/
noun
1.
the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
verb
2.
(intransitive) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts
Word Origin
Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed
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Word Origin and History for earing

ear

n.

"organ of hearing," Old English eare "ear," from Proto-Germanic *auzon (cf. Old Norse eyra, Danish øre, Old Frisian are, Old Saxon ore, Middle Dutch ore, Dutch oor, Old High German ora, German Ohr, Gothic auso), from PIE *ous- with a sense of "perception" (cf. Greek aus, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausis, Old Church Slavonic ucho, Old Irish 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. (but cf. Old English earde "having a handle"). To be wet behind the ears "naive" is implied from 1914. Phrase walls have ears attested from 1610s. Ear-bash (v.) is Australian slang (1944) for "to talk inordinately" (to someone).

"grain part of corn," from Old English ear (West Saxon), æher (Northumbrian) "spike, ear of grain," from Proto-Germanic *akhaz (genitive *akhizaz; cf. Dutch aar, Old High German ehir, German Ähre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs "ear of corn"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Latin acus "husk of corn," Greek akoste "barley;" see acrid).

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earing in Medicine

ear (ēr)
n.

  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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earing in Science
ear 1
  (îr)   

  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)   
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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earing in Culture

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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Slang definitions & phrases for earing
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earing in the Bible

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).


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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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