|1.||[ noun ] (law) a proceeding (usually by a court of law) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence|
|Related terms:||proceeding inquiry quo_warranto competence_hearing administrative_hearing fair_hearing law|
|2.||[ noun ] an opportunity to state your case and be heard|
"they condemned him without a hearing" "he saw that he had lost his audience"
|3.||[ noun ] the range within which a voice can be heard|
"the children were told to stay within earshot"
|4.||[ noun ] the act of hearing attentively|
"you can learn a lot by just listening" "they make good music--you should give them a hearing"
|Related terms:||sensing relistening auscultation listen listen|
|5.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||session confirmation_hearing hear|
|6.||[ adjective ] able to perceive sound|
|Related terms:||deaf sharp-eared|
|7.||[ noun ] (physiology) the ability to hear; the auditory faculty|
|Synonyms:||auditory_sense sense_of_hearing auditory_modality audition|
"his hearing was impaired"
|Related terms:||modality exteroception ear absolute_pitch auditory_system|