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Meaning of hearing

hear•ing

Pronunciation: (hēr'ing), [key]
— n.
  1. the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
  2. the act of perceiving sound.
  3. opportunity to be heard: to grant a hearing.
  4. an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, esp. before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.
  5. a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
  6. earshot: Their conversation was beyond my hearing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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