hearing

Hearing is the sense that allows you to distinguish sounds with your ears. Dogs have a particularly acute sense of hearing, and they can hear sounds pitched too high for humans to hear.

You use your hearing when you attend a concert, listen to an audio book, or talk to a friend on the phone. Another kind of hearing is a legal process at which people state a case in front of a judge, so she can decide whether or not it should be presented at a trial with a jury. This kind of hearing gets its name from the idea that the court is "listening" to the evidence.

Primary Meanings of hearing

1.
nadj
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
able to perceive sound
2.
n
(law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence
Full Definitions of hearing
1

n the ability to hear; the auditory faculty

“his hearing was impaired”
Synonyms:
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, sense of hearing
Types:
ear
good hearing
absolute pitch, perfect pitch
the ability to identify the pitch of a tone
Type of:
modality, sense modality, sensory system
a particular sense
exteroception
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body

n the range within which a voice can be heard

Synonyms:
earreach, earshot
Type of:
range, reach
the limits within which something can be effective

n the act of hearing attentively

“they make good music--you should give them a hearing
Synonyms:
listening
Types:
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auscultation
listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
rehearing, relistening
the act of hearing again
percussion, pleximetry
tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes
succussion
shaking a person to determine whether a large amount of liquid is present in a body cavity
Type of:
perception, sensing
becoming aware of something via the senses

adj able to perceive sound

Synonyms:
quick-eared, sharp-eared
having keen hearing
Antonyms:
deaf
lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
deaf-and-dumb, deaf-mute
lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
deafened
caused to hear poorly or not at all
hard-of-hearing, hearing-impaired
having a hearing loss
deaf as a post, profoundly deaf, stone-deaf, unhearing
totally deaf; unable to hear anything
tone-deaf
unable to appreciate music
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n (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence

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administrative hearing
a hearing that takes place outside the judicial process before hearing examiners who have been granted judicial authority specifically for the purpose of conducting such hearings
competence hearing
a hearing to determine legal capacity (to determine whether the defendant can understand the charges and cooperate with a lawyer in preparing a defense)
fair hearing
a hearing that is granted in extraordinary situations where the normal judicial process would be inadequate to secure due process because the person would be harmed or denied their rights before a judicial remedy became available (as in deportation or loss of welfare benefits)
quo warranto
a hearing to determine by what authority someone has an office or franchise or liberty
Type of:
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

n 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”
Types:
confirmation hearing
a hearing held by the US Senate to gather information on whether to approve or reject candidates for high federal office who are nominated by the president
Type of:
session
a meeting for execution of a group's functions

n an opportunity to state your case and be heard

“they condemned him without a hearing
Synonyms:
audience
Type of:
chance, opportunity
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

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