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Hear"ing, n.


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.

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.


Attention to what is delivered; opportunity to be heard; audience; as, I could not obtain a hearing.


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.

Hearing, as applied to equity cases, means the same thing that the word trial does at law.



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.


© Webster 1913.