1. The organ of hearing; the external ear.
  2. The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; the power of discriminating between different tones; as, a nice ear for music; -- in the singular only.
  3. That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an animal; any prominence or projection on an object, -- usually one for support or attachment; a lug; a handle; as, the ears of a tub, a skillet, or dish. The ears of a boat are outside kneepieces near the bow. See Illust. of Bell.
  4. Same as Acroterium.
  5. Same as Crossette.
  6. Privilege of being kindly heard; favor; attention.
  7. The spike or head of any cereal (as, wheat, rye, barley, Indian corn, etc.), containing the kernels.

v. t.

  1. To take in with the ears; to hear.
  2. To plow or till; to cultivate.

v. i.

  1. To put forth ears in growing; to form ears, as grain; as, this corn ears well.