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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cicadas have circular eardrums on either side of the thorax.
▪ One was injured in the face and abdomen and the other suffered burst eardrums.
▪ She would shatter the Bug's eardrum.
▪ The outer part of the funnel serves to catch the sound-vibration while the tube carries it directly to the eardrum.
▪ The Vapour Corporation Power pop, which means don't expect to leave with your eardrums intact.
▪ Their hands flew to their ears again, pain stabbing into eardrums.
▪ This is very similar to the human eardrum.
▪ This was supposed to keep your eardrums from bursting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eardrum \Ear"drum`\, n. (Anat.) The tympanum. See Illust. of Ear.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also ear-drum, 1640s, from ear (n.1) + drum (n.).


n. A thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear and transmits sound from the air to the malleus.


n. the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound [syn: tympanum, tympanic membrane, myringa]

Not to be confused with the secondary tympanic membrane of the round window

In human anatomy, the eardrum, or tympanic membrane, is a thin, cone-shaped membrane that separates the external ear from the middle ear in humans and other tetrapods. Its function is to transmit sound from the air to the ossicles inside the middle ear, and then to the oval window in the fluid-filled cochlea. Hence, it ultimately converts and amplifies vibration in air to vibration in fluid. The malleus bone bridges the gap between the eardrum and the other ossicles.

Rupture or perforation of the eardrum can lead to conductive hearing loss. Collapse or retraction of the eardrum can cause conductive hearing loss or cholesteatoma.

Eardrum (album)

Eardrum is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Talib Kweli. The album was released on August 21, 2007, by Blacksmith Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album features guest appearances from Res, Jean Grae, UGK, Raheem DeVaughn, Roy Ayers, Kanye West, Norah Jones, Coi Mattison, Lyfe Jennings,, Sa-Ra, KRS-One, Musiq Soulchild, Strong Arm Steady, Sizzla, Justin Timberlake and Marsha Ambrosius.

Eardrum (disambiguation)

Eardrum, a thin membrane that separates the external ear from the middle ear.

Eardrum may also refer to:

  • Eardrum (album), an album by Talib Kweli
  • Eardrum Records, a record label

Usage examples of "eardrum".

The door of the ladies room slammed shut, thus leaving the location of the mysterious transcript unspecified and my left eardrum aquiver in tympanic shock.

He gripped the handrests and shouted to relieve the tension on his eardrums, but there was no way of relieving the tension within.

The sudden overpressure, pressure which could not escape the sealed armored vehicle, burst the eardrums of every man trapped inside.

Thousand-watt horn tweeters split his eardrums, and the subwoofers shook his ribs.

As in a hospital operating room, technicians in starchy white uniforms and lint-free nylon caps bent over their patient with delicate instruments, adjusting its miles of veinlike electrical lines and sensitive eardrums.

I had heard that bull bellow only once before, but it had been indelibly engrooved on my eardrum.

The noise battered imperatively on the eardrums of the self hypnotised Graham.

Most of the basic tones were subsonic, sensed in the bones rather than the eardrums, but there were overtones and harmonics aplenty, a cacophony that somehow managed to seem both too bass and too shrill for comfort.

When the knitting needle, retail price ten pfennigs, is put in motion, when the instrument of vengeance rests on the ornate grille of the confessional and is aimed knittingneedle-sharp at the priest's ear, nothing quivers in alarm for the eardrum.

With a booming crack that numbed Duffy's abused eardrums and echoed from the distant trees, the gun lurched backward, gushing an afterburn of nearly transparent flame.

In that airlessly expanding quiet, the slightest touch of fever in the imagination would have made audible the thin whisper of eardrums waving soggily to and fro, like wet palm fronds in a breeze, as they tried dazedly to recapture the unbelievable vibrations that had numbed them.

Her eyes bulged strangely, savage and unreadable, and Hagane let out the birring hunting sound that seemed to go right through one's eardrums.

For a moment nothing happened, and then with a thump that concussed the air against their eardrums, the gasoline ignited.

Then a feedback squeal tore at their eardrums as the broadcaster adjusted.

Her voice beat double on his eardrums, coming from the cabin speakers as well as his implant.