What is hearing?

  • (adj): Able to perceive sound.
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "hearing":

  • (noun): An opportunity to state your case and be heard.
    Example: "They condemned him without a hearing"
    Synonyms: audience
  • (noun): A session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken.
    Example: "The investigative committee will hold hearings in Chicago"
  • (noun): The range within which a voice can be heard.
    Synonyms: earshot, earreach
  • (noun): The act of hearing attentively.
    Example: "They make good music--you should give them a hearing"
    Synonyms: listening
  • (noun): (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.

Famous quotes containing the word hearing:

    Orpheus with his Lute made Trees,
    And the Mountaine tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing.
    To his Musicke, Plants and Flowers
    Ever spring; as Sunne and Showres,
    There had been a lasting Spring.
    Every thing that heard him play,
    Even the Billowes of the Sea,
    Hung their heads, and then lay by.
    In sweet Musicke is such Art,
    Killing care, and griefe of heart,
    Fall asleepe, or hearing dye.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    To-night she will spread her brown hair on his pillow,
    But I shall be hearing the harsh cries of wild fowl.
    Patrick MacDonogh (1902–1961)

    I do not allow myself to be moved by anything except the law. If there has been a mistake in the law, or if I think there has been perjury or injustice, I will weigh the petition most carefully, but I do not permit myself to be moved by more harrowing details, and I try to treat each case as if I was reviewing it or hearing it for the first time from the bench.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)