Hear v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heard p. pr. & vb. n. Hearing.]
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.]
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 stimulation 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.
4. Extent within which sound may be heard; sound; earshot. “She's not within hearing.”
They laid him by the pleasant shore,
And in the hearing of the wave. --Tennyson.
adj : able to perceive sound [syn: hearing(a)] [ant: deaf]
n 1: (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
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]