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outer ear

noun
Origin of outer ear
1930-1935
1930-35
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  • To the outer ear, he was propounding the popular modern doctrine of 'Yoga by action.'

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • The form of the outer ear is adapted to the needs of the animal.

  • Some recommend wool mixture with modelling wax forced into the outer ear.

  • For a time his words fell unheeded upon Cameron's outer ear.

    Corporal Cameron Ralph Connor
  • Shall we allow the guess as to the origin of the tip of the outer ear to revolutionize theology?

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • As is well known, a passage exists from the outer ear to the drum.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • These claim such perceptivity of the outer ear and such fineness of the channels that the tune is but a clack when it gets inside.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • The outer ear is made of a plate of skin and gristle and a slightly bent tube about one inch long.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • Even the small amount of sound which does get through is impinged on to the sides of the outer ear passage.

  • The outer ear collects and reflects the waves inwardly to beat upon the tympanum, or ear drum, a membrane diaphragm.

outer ear in Medicine

outer ear out·er ear (ou'tər)
n.
See external ear.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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outer ear in Science
outer ear
  (ou'tər)   
The part of the ear in many vertebrates that is external to the eardrum (tympanic membrane) and contains the canal leading to the eardrum as well as the ear lobe and other visible structures. In mammals, the outer ear, which is made mostly of cartilage, gathers and focuses incoming sound waves and transmits them to the eardrum. See more at ear1.
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outer ear in Culture

outer ear definition


The part of the ear that projects from the side of the head and functions to gather and guide sound waves toward the eardrum.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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