• (countable, slang) A police informant.
  • That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an animal; a prominence or projection on an object, usually for support or attachment; a lug; a handle.

    "the ears of a tub, skillet, or dish;"

  • (countable) The external part of the organ of hearing, the auricle.
  • The privilege of being kindly heard; favour; attention.
  • (architecture) A crossette.
  • (countable) The organ of hearing, consisting of the pinna, auditory canal, eardrum, malleus, incus, stapes and cochlea.
  • The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; the power of discriminating between different tones.

    "a good ear for music"

  • (architecture) An acroterium.
  • (countable) The fruiting body of a grain plant.

    "He is in the fields, harvesting ears of corn."


  • (humorous) To take in with the ears; to hear.
  • (archaic) To plough.
  • (intransitive) To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain does.

    "This corn ears well."

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