Meaning of EAR in English

EAR

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an ear/eye infection

She was given antibiotics for an ear infection.

cauliflower ear

deaf in one ear

The illness left her deaf in one ear.

ear drops

ear lobe

ear of corn (= the top part of this plant where the seeds grow )

an ear of corn

ear trumpet

fell on unresponsive ears (= was not listened to )

His warning fell on unresponsive ears .

grin from ear to ear (= grin very widely )

grin from ear to ear (= grin very widely )

middle ear

play it by ear

We’ll see what the weather’s like and play it by ear .

strain your ears/eyes (= try very hard to hear or see )

I strained my ears, listening for any sound in the silence of the cave.

sympathetic ear (= someone willing to listen to someone else’s problems )

We hope always to provide a friendly sympathetic ear .

the discerning eye/ear (= someone who can make good judgments about art or music )

to the untutored eye/ear/mind

To the untutored ear, this music sounds as if it might have been written by Beethoven.

whispered in...ear

‘I’ve missed you,’ he whispered in her ear .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

deaf

How could people turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the horrors that they suffered?

The race committee turned a deaf ear to the objections of Amelia and the other fliers.

Arguments that some of the skills practised by pupils are obsolete fall on deaf ears , or are heeded only very slowly.

Invitations by Paredes to the various governors to second his plan fell on deaf ears .

In such cases, tests show that only the ear on the side of the blue eye is deaf .

Fine words, but they are falling on increasingly deaf and indifferent ears .

They formulated a programme of demands, but these fell on deaf ears in Petrograd.

But my suggestions fell on deaf ears .

inner

I could not deny what I heard with my inner ear .

Now that Kwong could see, he found redness in the inner ear , a sign of infection.

There are various causes of damage to the inner ear - for example, exposure to loud noise.

Vibrations or sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate and these vibrations move through the middle ear to the inner ear.

As age increases, the inner ear becomes less sensitive to high frequencies.

In the inner ear they are changed into electrical messages.

The head vein is dotted, the labyrinth of the inner ear is black.

I heard in my inner ear what I wanted to hear and the rest ... well, it went down!

left

In his left ear he wore a small ring.

He wore a blue baseball cap backward and a gold hoop in his left ear .

Then he leaned forward and whispered something into his left ear .

A cherry bomb had blown up near her left ear when she was eight years old.

She dug the nail of her little finger deeply in behind the left ear .

Tilt the head until your left ear is over the left shoulder, then release.

The knot in his tie was somewhere up behind his left ear .

The bloody gash behind his left ear had been cut with a machete.

middle

When the cause of deafness is not solely in the outer and/or middle ear , high frequencies are likely to be affected.

In fact, an ear infection alone can cause sudden severe pain as fluid builds up in the middle ear.

Removal can cause unnecessary complications to the middle and internal ear .

Vibrations or sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate and these vibrations move through the middle ear to the inner ear.

Mean hearing thresholds are related mainly to the presence or absence of fluid in the middle ear .

Three rats in the low fibre diet group suffered from middle ear infections and were removed from the study.

An inflammation in the middle ear called otitis media can cause temporary or even permanent hearing loss.

Microtympanometry, a sensitive method of diagnosing effusions of the middle ear , could help them in this.

right

Luckily the timely intervention of Trevor Proby's left boot into my right ear quickened everyone's resolve to reach a compromise.

He slammed one callused finger into his right ear .

Her biro was stuck behind her right ear .

Jack settled next to my right ear after giving the cab a brief whirl or two.

He was due to be put down because he did not have the right ears for a show class pedigree corgi.

He lowered the volume inside his right ear and made the few careful steps from his room into the hall.

From her right ear there dangled a long silver cascade of tiny orbs.

Next to her right ear she could hear his breath, a shallow snuffle.

sympathetic

His profession would surely mean that he would listen to my request with a sympathetic ear .

For all of its own bureaucratic strictures, the diplomatic corps had the sympathetic ears that Liang was looking for.

The general wards were packed with acute cases and, although I received a sympathetic ear , no one really wanted to know.

If disaster strikes again, he expects to find a sympathetic ear at the White House.

Our sinister cop is able to exploit that weakness by offering a sympathetic ear .

She offers advice, information and sometimes just a sympathetic ear to worried pet owners of Cleveland.

There had always been a sympathetic ear for her clients, and she longed to pour out all her troubles right away.

I dread having to go through the sympathetic ear act, even when it's merited.

■ NOUN

glue

Adenoidectomy will considerably reduce the overall duration of glue ear .

Finally, parents of children with glue ear should be advised to stop smoking.

Discussion Our previous work and that of others has shown the spontaneous resolution of glue ear in the short term.

Our study shows the long term spontaneous resolution of severe glue ear in children.

They base their recommendations on an analysis of 19 randomised controlled trials that examined the effectiveness of surgical interventions for glue ear .

I recommend that anyone interested in glue ear should read it, but carefully.

Successful treatment of glue ear by attention to underlying allergic disease has been previously reported.

The combined adenoidectomy and ventilation tube groups had the shortest duration of glue ear .

infection

Ears and nose produce a horrible, stinking, green discharge; ear infection with rupture and suppuration.

The single-dose ceftriaxone treatment has not yet been approved for ear infections by the Food and Drug Administration.

The best approach is to use acute remedies as soon as the ear infection starts.

In fact, an ear infection alone can cause sudden severe pain as fluid builds up in the middle ear.

She had an ear infection and she told the doctor, but it was the first I'd heard of it.

A lingering ear infection got him grounded.

Take care to be gentle, since these ear infections are intensely irritating and painful.

Additionally, many people report stomach upsets, ear infections and rashes after coming into contact with the lake water.

lobe

Weapons and other devices hung within his blood-red, high-collared cloak; and a communicator dangled from one ear lobe .

He tugged his ear lobe , our agreed sign for the other to remain silent.

Nicola moved her lips along Richard's neck and nuzzled his ear lobe delicately.

He studied the Gascon's dark effete face and the jewel-encrusted pearl which swung arrogantly from one ear lobe .

■ VERB

believe

Scarcely able to believe his ears , Ramsay listened to this shameful catalogue.

I can not believe my ears .

I couldn't believe my ears but she repeated it: I realized I had not properly understood my own needs.

I could hardly believe my ears .

But she could believe her ears .

But ministry specialists believe that ear tags will be compulsory for all lambs exported for slaughter.

Mr Dixon could hardly believe his ears as Hank poured into them the story of the book and its apparent success.

bend

These professional persuaders will spend an estimated two million pounds to bend the ears of the governing party.

And there she would bend and put an ear to the earth.

I think some of the older managers and tenants have been bending his ear a bit about the problems of setting up catering.

close

Sleep, he heard a voice say, close by his ear .

He tried to close his ears to the plea.

Don't close your ears to the world and don't give up.

I closed my ears and tried to close my mind to what was happening.

She wanted to close her ears to it.

I had lost two teeth, one eye was closed , and an ear torn.

At first, I closed my ears to what I did not want to hear.

A girl couldn't close her eyes and ears to it, but she could keep herself pure.

cover

She slid her hands round her head from covering her ears to covering her eyes.

I tried to cover my ears with them.

Without the hair covering the ears and that shell belt and all he wasn't some one you would stare at.

She knew, and covered her ears with her fists to keep from hearing them come from his mouth.

Pooley covered his ears . 14 Small Dave lay in his hospital bed for some days before the doctors released him.

Then you saw how long his hair was, almost covering his ears , and how clean-shaved looking his face was.

They laughed, stopped playing and covered their ears .

cut

Hair is cut to the ears and the fringe finger ruffled.

Then cut off all the ears and stick them all on a piece of paper.

The man's throat had been cut from ear to ear, soaking his shirt and trousers in blood.

Van Gogh cut off his ear .

Artists wear berets and smocks and cut their ears off.

fall

This wide disposition yielded felicitous effects of colour and tone which always fell pleasingly on the ear .

The modulated, rhythmic braying of that mule fell upon his ears .

But his words fell on unresponsive ears .

Invitations by Paredes to the various governors to second his plan fell on deaf ears .

The house is falling down around our ears .

But my suggestions fell on deaf ears .

As he did so, a fine trickle of sawdust appeared to fall from his ear to the floor.

grin

He was grinning from ear to ear and pointing his finger up to the flies.

hear

The government is appealing to business to pick up the slack, but there are few ears to hear .

She strained her ears but could hear nothing.

Next to her right ear she could hear his breath, a shallow snuffle.

Keeping her ears open, she heard the outer door open, then close.

As we talked, we stopped once in a while and strained our ears to hear .

Then, Shit, meant to reach no farther than the chamber where his ears hear his voice from the inside.

keep

All of you - walk around Pentonville and keep your ears open.

You keep putting your ear to the ground, waiting to hear that Warrior jubilee train.

He kept his ear to the ground and he spent a lot of time in his office after hours.

That means keeping one's ears and eyes open, it means not looking away but acting as a witness.

Prosperity came to Knock, as pilgrims came from far and wide; and Father Cavanagh kept his ears .

The man's head was designed to keep his ears apart.

Cousin Noreen had been keeping her ears wide open as usual, and she told him what she'd managed to find out.

Spit down the back, an epileptic fit, a jostling. Keep your ears open.

lend

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears .

He finds time for them, always being prepared to lend a sympathetic ear or give some friendly confidential advice.

listen

I listened with the ear of a novelist.

Help us to listen with your ears .

So the priest would listen , ears agog, eyes agape.

How did their results differ when they listened with one ear and with two?

play

Well, she would play it by ear .

The biggest criticism of Suzuki is going from playing by ear to the note-reading process.

I play by ear I use my loaf I suspect fair play.

At 2, he played the piano by ear .

This was one he would have to play by ear .

So each played it by ear , with resulting policy shifts that often appeared to be not only sudden but incomprehensible.

He heard jazz records at home when very young and played piano by ear .

I had started playing by ear and chutzpah.

prick

Henry pushed his door open a crack, and pricked up his ears .

I pricked my ears up on that one.

He pushed back a long, greasy spike of hair that kept slipping down and pricking his ear .

I pricked up my ears , and sure enough, the sound was getting louder.

The horse, scenting home and supper, pricked his ears and stepped out.

The boy pricked up his ears , because, as it happened, so they were this earth.

Yet it was that touring and the inspired mania of their shows that pricked up the ears at Arista Records.

reach

The rumours must have reached Richard's ears - indeed they may have been primarily intended for him.

You give a passage for loving words to reach loving ears .

Even after the Renaissance and the rebirth of learning had reached these shores ears were still having a rough ride.

But the powerful resonance of a marine mammal exhaling through its blowhole again reaches my ears .

Two microphones, one in each ear of a dummy or human head, pick up the sound reaching the ears.

Then ask them to try to tell you how the sound was produced and how it reached their ears .

The noise they said, wouldn't reach the sow's ears , but South Oxfordshire District Council turned the idea down.

It was a rocket, gone the instant the sound reached our ears .

ring

The noise still rang in his ears .

There was a ringing in his ears .

Lucy's advice rang in her ears .

I ended up with ringing ears .

And with those echoes ringing in my ears I booked up my day - and contemplated my fate.

The triumph of their compromise still rang in their ears .

In the end, the men returned with the praises of the generals ringing in their ears .

Another sign of danger is tinnitus, a condition usually characterized by a ringing in the ear after listening.

strain

We crowded round the table, straining our ears for the magic sounds, while Robert adjusted the cat's whisker.

Tak, said the stone against her straining ear .

She strained her ears but could hear nothing.

As we talked, we stopped once in a while and strained our ears to hear.

She spoke softly, directing her remarks exclusively at Karelius and Moreau, so that the others were obliged to strain their ears .

He stood tensed, straining his ears .

She found she was straining her ears for the musical clang of the town church bells.

He - An alien noise stopped her thoughts mid-flow, and she tensed, straining her ears to recapture the sound.

turn

They may display their feelings by refusing to eat, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who calls their name.

The race committee turned a deaf ear to the objections of Amelia and the other fliers.

Nothing for it. Turn a deaf ear , look the other way.

Thus, year after year, working people turn a deaf ear to union entreaties.

She wouldn't be keeping the Law if she turned a deaf ear to the call or ran away from it.

These horses turn their ears sideways, with the opening facing the ground, deliberately, cutting off auditory input.

whisper

And go away they did, only turning back to snap Koo whispering into my ear .

Sometimes when this is whispered in the ears of those near death, tears roll down their cheeks.

Little Billy began to hear somebody whispering in his ear .

She whispers in my ear and hints at marvelous discoveries.

Hillary whispered in his ear and took his speech out of her pocket.

A couple of Negro characters whispered in my ear about tea.

Several people have been whispering in my ear lately about Michael's drug-taking.

The black suited auctioneer was frowning, while whispering in her ear .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(have/drop) a word in sb's ear

A word in the ear of the Weatherfield constabulary.

His resolve ends when again he wakes at dawn with prophetic words in his ears.

If I were you I'd drop a quiet word in her ear before it's too late.

Mixed blessings' A word in your ear.

a clip round the ear/earhole

You might get a clip round the ear.

be music to your ears

Johnson's decision was music to the ears of the Women's Center directors.

Even the deliberate discords were music to her ears.

It was music to his ears.

That was music to their ears as they counted up to twenty-two explosions.

be wet behind the ears

bend sb's ear

box sb's ears

can't believe your eyes/ears

I couldn't believe my ears when she told me the cheapest flight was $1,100.

clip sb round the ear/earhole

cock an ear/eye

She cocked an eye at Léonie, grunted.

easy on the eye/ear

I like jazz because it's usually easy on the ear.

Above all, it should be as physically comfortable and relaxing as it is easy on the eye.

And frankly, she's pretty easy on the eyes, too.

Garda Garda is a charming old village that is very easy on the eye.

It's all been a bit too easy on the ear and eye.

It was vital that they should be prompt and professional as well as easy on the eye.

Ken Russell's production is certainly easy on the eye, but fans are expecting a bit more than a well-turned ankle.

The layout and print is easy on the eye and the revision passages for dictation becomes increasingly difficult as the book progresses.

This exhibit, Without Sanctuary, is not easy on the eyes.

eye/ear etc drops

And remember - if you're using eye drops for your hay fever, leave your contact lenses out.

Both eye irritation and redness are helped with lubricating eye drops and eye ointments.

Sterile eye drops can be purchased for this purpose.

That was the other thing, it took me a long fight to get my eye drops .

They also have literature on the correct use of things such as eye drops and inhalers.

This has distinct advantages over using eye drops .

fall on deaf ears

As rioting continued, Mayor Warren appealed for calm, but his words fell on deaf ears.

His pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears.

The workers' demand for a wage increase has fallen on deaf ears.

Their requests fell on deaf ears.

Arguments that some of the skills practised by pupils are obsolete fall on deaf ears, or are heeded only very slowly.

But my suggestions fell on deaf ears.

Invitations by Paredes to the various governors to second his plan fell on deaf ears.

Pleas that the couple and their two young children will be homeless and facing financial ruin have fallen on deaf ears.

They formulated a programme of demands, but these fell on deaf ears in Petrograd.

Those words fell on deaf ears.

Until Friday, such complaints appeared to fall on deaf ears at the Treasury.

give sb a thick ear/get a thick ear

half an eye/ear

Allen kept half an eye on the path as he worked.

Always half an ear, half a mind.

Anyone with half an eye could see Susan's antagonism towards her.

He has half an eye on where the gun went.

He told me this and that, but I listened with only half an ear.

Of course, no government with half an eye on re-election would ever legalise anything it didn't have to.

She always had half an eye for him; sometimes I thought she watched him as a tamer does a tiger.

With only half an ear for Grigoriev's response, Rostov stared across the room.

have your ears/nose etc pierced

I am a female, mid-twenties and happen to have my nose pierced with one small silver ring.

keep your eyes/ears open

All of you - walk around Pentonville and keep your ears open .

By then keeping her eyes open was less of an effort.

Go back to bed only when you can no longer keep your eyes Open .

Remembering his duty, he strode briskly up the stairs, keeping his eyes open for any suspicious signs.

Swing the boat south, keep her eyes open .

The basic rules of self-defence are quite simple: keep your eyes open and you can usually avoid trouble.

The daily firings produced by the withering economy offered loopholes of opportunity for a young man who kept his eyes open .

You know how to keep your eyes open and your mouth shut.

lend an ear

make a pig's ear of sth

make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

play sth by ear

As he has no political party that can provide him with practical support, he is forced to play it by ear.

At 2, he played the piano by ear.

But the government is having to play it by ear.

He heard jazz records at home when very young and played piano by ear.

So each played it by ear, with resulting policy shifts that often appeared to be not only sudden but incomprehensible.

Well, she would play it by ear.

prick (up) its ears

prick (up) your ears

Henry pushed his door open a crack, and pricked up his ears.

I pricked my ears up on that one.

I pricked up my ears, and sure enough, the sound was getting louder.

The boy pricked up his ears, because, as it happened, so they were this earth.

The horse, scenting home and supper, pricked his ears and stepped out.

ring in your ears

My father's discouraging words still ring in my ears.

And with those echoes ringing in my ears I booked up my day - and contemplated my fate.

His reply astounded me, and will ring in my ears for eternity.

In the end, the men returned with the praises of the generals ringing in their ears.

Lucy's advice rang in her ears.

The noise still rang in his ears.

The triumph of their compromise still rang in their ears.

The words ring in my ears.

There was a ringing in his ears.

send sb off with a flea in their ear

shut your eyes/ears to sth

We must not shut our ears to the voices of suffering people.

Claudia sank down on to her bed and tried to shut her ears to the sound of him in the next room.

Rincewind tried to shut his ears to the grating voice beside him.

She shut her eyes against it all; shut her eyes to open them again on to the harmless horizon.

She shut her eyes to shut everything out.

She heard the boys hurling abuse at her, shouting to her to stop, but she shut her ears to them.

Sometimes she even managed to shut her ears to the arguments going on around her.

They could not shut their eyes to the ugly and degrading side of wine-drinking and see only the delightful side.

talk sb's ear off

to the untrained eye/ear

But he knew what he was looking at, though to the untrained eye it was just a pile of minuscule fragments.

turn a deaf ear (to sth)

She wouldn't be keeping the Law if she turned a deaf ear to the call or ran away from it.

The race committee turned a deaf ear to the objections of Amelia and the other fliers.

They may display their feelings by refusing to eat, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who calls their name.

Thus, year after year, working people turn a deaf ear to union entreaties.

walls have ears

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Pick up a few ears of corn for dinner tonight.

Stop shouting in my ear !

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And then the day after we got our record contract, I went to Selfridges and had both my ears pierced.

And you never meant it for my ears, that's sure.

Gone her neat bun; her hair hung loose, tucked behind her ears.

Shrugging the collar higher around tingling ears he thought of Carrie.

Simultaneously his ears unblocked and the world again became audible.

The silence seemed to swell in her ears.

Well, she would play it by ear .

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.