2. Attention to what is delivered; opportunity to be heard; audience; as, I could not obtain a hearing.
3. 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 usShak.
Shall have judicious hearing.
Another hearing before some other court.Dryden.
Hearing, as applied to equity cases, means the same thing that the word trial does at law. Abbot.
4. Extent within which sound may be heard; sound; earshot. "She's not within hearing." Shak.
They laid him by the pleasant shore,Tennyson.
And in the hearing of the wave.
(Heark"en) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hearkened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hearkening.] [OE. hercnen,
hercnien, AS. hercnian, heorcnian, fr. hiéran, hyran, to hear; akin to OD. harcken, horcken, LG. harken,
horken, G. horchen. See Hear, and cf. Hark.]
1. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered; to give heed; to hear, in order to obey or comply.
The Furies hearken, and their snakes uncurl.Dryden.
Hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you.Deut. iv. 1.
2. To inquire; to seek information. [Obs.] "Hearken after their offense." Shak.
Syn. To attend; listen; hear; heed. See Attend, v. i.
(Heark"en), v. t.
1. To hear by listening. [Archaic]
[She] hearkened now and thenSpenser.
Some little whispering and soft groaning sound.
2. To give heed to; to hear attentively. [Archaic]
The King of Naples . . . hearkens my brother's suit.Shak. To hearken out, to search out. [Obs.]
If you find none, you must hearken out a vein and buy.B. Johnson.
(Heark"en*er) n. One who hearkens; a listener.
(Hear"sal) n. Rehearsal. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Hear"say`) n. Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another.
Much of the obloquy that has so long rested on the memory of our great national poet originated in
frivolous hearsays of his life and conversation.Prof. Wilson. Hearsay evidence (Law), that species of testimony which consists in a narration by one person of
matters told him by another. It is, with a few exceptions, inadmissible as testimony. Abbott.
(Hearse) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A hind in the second year of its age. [Eng.] Wright.
(Hearse) n. [See Herse.]