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hearing

[heer-ing] /ˈhɪər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
2.
the act of perceiving sound.
3.
opportunity to be heard:
to grant a hearing.
4.
an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.
5.
a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
6.
earshot:
Their conversation was beyond my hearing.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see hear, -ing1
Related forms
hearingless, adjective
prehearing, noun
unhearing, adjective
Synonyms
4. audience, conference, consultation.
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British Dictionary definitions for prehearing

hearing

/ˈhɪərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived related adjective audio
2.
an opportunity to be listened to
3.
the range within which sound can be heard; earshot
4.
the investigation of a matter by a court of law, esp the preliminary inquiry into an indictable crime by magistrates
5.
a formal or official trial of an action or lawsuit
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Word Origin and History for prehearing

hearing

n.

"perception by ear," early 13c., from present participle of hear. Meaning "a listening to evidence in a court of law" is from 1570s.

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prehearing in Medicine

hearing n.
The sense by which sound is perceived; the capacity to hear.

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