hearing (n.)

early 13c., "perception of sound by ear, action of listening," verbal noun from hear (v.). Meaning "a listening to evidence in a court of law" is from 1570s. Hearing-aid is from 1908.

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Definitions of hearing from WordNet
hearing (n.)
(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;
hearing (n.)
an opportunity to state your case and be heard;
they condemned him without a hearing
Synonyms: audience
hearing (n.)
the range within which a voice can be heard;
Synonyms: earshot / earreach
hearing (n.)
the act of hearing attentively;
they make good music--you should give them a hearing
Synonyms: listening
hearing (n.)
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
hearing (n.)
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty;
his hearing was impaired
Synonyms: audition / auditory sense / sense of hearing / auditory modality
hearing (adj.)
able to perceive sound;