Your ears are the parts of your body you use for hearing. Your ears also help you keep your balance.

People have one ear on each side of their heads, and so do all animals, although some — like sea creatures — have ears that are completely internal, with no visible parts. If someone compliments you by saying, "Good ear," they mean that you're skilled at hearing or appreciating certain sounds, particularly music. A completely different kind of ear is an ear of corn, the part that holds the seeds or kernels.

Primary Meanings of ear

the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
Full Definitions of ear

n the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium

Type of:
receptor, sense organ, sensory receptor
an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation

n the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear

auricle, pinna
cauliflower ear
an auricle deformed by injury; common among boxers
Type of:
cartilaginous structure
body structure given shape by cartilage

n good hearing

“he had a keen ear
“a good ear for pitch”
Type of:
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty

n attention to what is said

“he tried to get her ear
Type of:
attending, attention
the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

n fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

capitulum, spike
an ear of corn
Type of:
the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

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