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hearing


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hear  \Hear\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Heard};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Hearing}.]  [OE.  heren,  AS,.  hi['e]ran,  h?ran,  h?ran;  akin  to 
  OS  h?rian,  OFries  hera,  hora,  D.  hooren,  OHG.  h?ren,  G. 
  h["o]ren,  Icel.  heyra,  Sw:  h["o]ra,  Dan.  hore,  Goth.  hausjan 
  and  perh.  to  Gr  ?,  E.  acoustic.  Cf  {Hark},  {Hearken}.] 
  1.  To  perceive  by  the  ear;  to  apprehend  or  take  cognizance  of 
  by  the  ear;  as  to  hear  sounds;  to  hear  a  voice;  to  hear 
  one  call 
 
  Lay  thine  ear  close  to  the  ground,  and  list  if  thou 
  canst  hear  the  tread  of  travelers.  --Shak. 
 
  He  had  been  heard  to  utter  an  ominous  growl. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  To  give  audience  or  attention  to  to  listen  to  to  heed; 
  to  accept  the  doctrines  or  advice  of  to  obey;  to  examine; 
  to  try  in  a  judicial  court;  as  to  hear  a  recitation;  to 
  hear  a  class;  the  case  will  be  heard  to-morrow. 
 
  3.  To  attend,  or  be  present  at  as  hearer  or  worshiper;  as 
  to  hear  a  concert;  to  hear  Mass. 
 
  4.  To  give  attention  to  as  a  teacher  or  judge. 
 
  Thy  matters  are  good  and  right  but  there  is  no  man 
  deputed  of  the  king  to  hear  thee.  --2  Sam.  xv 
  3. 
 
  I  beseech  your  honor  to  hear  me  one  single  word 
  --Shak. 
 
  5.  To  accede  to  the  demand  or  wishes  of  to  listen  to  and 
  answer  favorably;  to  favor. 
 
  I  love  the  Lord,  because  he  hath  heard  my  voice. 
  --Ps.  cxvi.  1. 
 
  They  think  that  they  shall  be  heard  for  their  much 
  speaking.  --Matt.  vi  7. 
 
  {Hear  him}.  See  Remark,  under  {Hear},  v.  i. 
 
  {To  hear  a  bird  sing},  to  receive  private  communication. 
  [Colloq.]  --Shak. 
 
  {To  hear  say},  to  hear  one  say  to  learn  by  common  report;  to 
  receive  by  rumor.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hearing  \Hear"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  or  power  of  perceiving  sound;  perception  of  sound; 
  the  faculty  or  sense  by  which  sound  is  perceived;  as  my 
  hearing  is  good. 
 
  I  have  heard  of  thee  by  the  hearing  of  the  ear. 
  --Job  xlii  5. 
 
  Note:  Hearing  in  a  special  sensation,  produced  by  stim??ation 
  of  the  auditory  nerve;  the  stimulus  (waves  of  sound) 
  acting  not  directly  on  the  nerve,  but  through  the 
  medium  of  the  endolymph  on  the  delicate  epithelium 
  cells,  constituting  the  peripheral  terminations  of  the 
  nerve.  See  {Ear}. 
 
  2.  Attention  to  what  is  delivered;  opportunity  to  be  heard; 
  audience;  as  I  could  not  obtain  a  hearing. 
 
  3.  A  listening  to  facts  and  evidence,  for  the  sake  of 
  adjudication;  a  session  of  a  court  for  considering  proofs 
  and  determining  issues. 
 
  His  last  offenses  to  us  Shall  have  judicious 
  hearing.  --Shak. 
 
  Another  hearing  before  some  other  court.  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  Hearing,  as  applied  to  equity  cases,  means  the  same 
  thing  that  the  word  trial  does  at  law.  --Abbot. 
 
  4.  Extent  within  which  sound  may  be  heard;  sound;  earshot. 
  ``She's  not  within  hearing.''  --Shak. 
 
  They  laid  him  by  the  pleasant  shore,  And  in  the 
  hearing  of  the  wave.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hearing 
  adj  :  able  to  perceive  sound  [syn:  {hearing(a)}]  [ant:  {deaf}] 
  n  1:  an  investigation  (usually  by  a  court  of  law) 
  2:  an  opportunity  to  state  your  case  and  be  heard;  "they 
  condemned  him  without  a  hearing";  "he  saw  that  he  had  lost 
  his  audience"  [syn:  {audience}] 
  3:  the  range  within  which  a  voice  can  be  heard;  "the  children 
  were  told  to  stay  within  earshot"  [syn:  {earshot},  {earreach}] 
  4:  the  act  of  hearing  attentively;  "you  can  learn  a  lot  by  just 
  listening";  "they  make  good  music--you  should  give  them  a 
  hearing"  [syn:  {listening}] 
  5:  a  session  (of  a  committee  or  grand  jury)  in  which  witnesses 
  are  called  and  testimony  is  taken  "the  investigative 
  committee  will  hold  hearings  in  Chicago" 
  6:  the  ability  to  hear;  the  auditory  faculty;  "his  hearing  was 
  impaired"  [syn:  {audition},  {auditory  sense},  {sense  of 
  hearing},  {auditory  modality}] 




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