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 for Ear finger
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ear \Ear\ ([=e]r), n. [AS. e['a]re; akin to OFries. ['a]re,
     ['a]r, OS. [=o]ra, D. oor, OHG. [=o]ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra,
     Sw. ["o]ra, Dan. ["o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis,
     Russ. ukho, Gr. o'y^s; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. 'ai`ein,
     Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf. Auricle, Orillon.]
     1. The organ of hearing; the external ear.
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     Note: In man and the higher vertebrates, the organ of hearing
           is very complicated, and is divisible into three parts:
           the external ear, which includes the pinna or auricle
           and meatus or external opening; the middle ear, drum,
           or tympanum; and the internal ear, or labyrinth. The
           middle ear is a cavity connected by the Eustachian tube
           with the pharynx, separated from the opening of the
           external ear by the tympanic membrane, and containing a
           chain of three small bones, or ossicles, named malleus,
           incus, and stapes, which connect this membrane with the
           internal ear. The essential part of the internal ear
           where the fibers of the auditory nerve terminate, is
           the membranous labyrinth, a complicated system of sacs
           and tubes filled with a fluid (the endolymph), and
           lodged in a cavity, called the bony labyrinth, in the
           periotic bone. The membranous labyrinth does not
           completely fill the bony labyrinth, but is partially
           suspended in it in a fluid (the perilymph). The bony
           labyrinth consists of a central cavity, the vestibule,
           into which three semicircular canals and the canal of
           the cochlea (spirally coiled in mammals) open. The
           vestibular portion of the membranous labyrinth consists
           of two sacs, the utriculus and sacculus, connected by a
           narrow tube, into the former of which three membranous
           semicircular canals open, while the latter is connected
           with a membranous tube in the cochlea containing the
           organ of Corti. By the help of the external ear the
           sonorous vibrations of the air are concentrated upon
           the tympanic membrane and set it vibrating, the chain
           of bones in the middle ear transmits these vibrations
           to the internal ear, where they cause certain delicate
           structures in the organ of Corti, and other parts of
           the membranous labyrinth, to stimulate the fibers of
           the auditory nerve to transmit sonorous impulses to the
           brain.
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     2. The sense of hearing; the perception of sounds; the power
        of discriminating between different tones; as, a nice ear
        for music; -- in the singular only.
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              Songs . . . not all ungrateful to thine ear.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     3. That which resembles in shape or position the ear of an
        animal; any prominence or projection on an object, --
        usually one for support or attachment; a lug; a handle;
        as, the ears of a tub, a skillet, or dish. The ears of a
        boat are outside kneepieces near the bow. See Illust. of
        Bell.
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     4. (Arch.)
        (a) Same as Acroterium.
        (b) Same as Crossette.
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     5. Privilege of being kindly heard; favor; attention.
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              Dionysius . . . would give no ear to his suit.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
                                                    --Shak.
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     About the ears, in close proximity to; near at hand.
  
     By the ears, in close contest; as, to set by the ears; to
        fall together by the ears; to be by the ears.
  
     Button ear (in dogs), an ear which falls forward and
        completely hides the inside.
  
     Ear finger, the little finger.
  
     Ear of Dionysius, a kind of ear trumpet with a flexible
        tube; -- named from the Sicilian tyrant, who constructed a
        device to overhear the prisoners in his dungeons.
  
     Ear sand (Anat.), otoliths. See Otolith.
  
     Ear snail (Zo["o]l.), any snail of the genus Auricula and
        allied genera.
  
     Ear stones (Anat.), otoliths. See Otolith.
  
     Ear trumpet, an instrument to aid in hearing. It consists
        of a tube broad at the outer end, and narrowing to a
        slender extremity which enters the ear, thus collecting
        and intensifying sounds so as to assist the hearing of a
        partially deaf person.
  
     Ear vesicle (Zo["o]l.), a simple auditory organ, occurring
        in many worms, mollusks, etc. It consists of a small sac
        containing a fluid and one or more solid concretions or
        otocysts.
  
     Rose ear (in dogs), an ear which folds backward and shows
        part of the inside.
  
     To give ear to, to listen to; to heed, as advice or one
        advising. "Give ear unto my song." --Goldsmith.
  
     To have one's ear, to be listened to with favor.
  
     Up to the ears, deeply submerged; almost overwhelmed; as,
        to be in trouble up to one's ears. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Finger \Fin"ger\ (f[i^][ng]"g[~e]r), n. [AS. finger; akin to D.
     vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan.
     finger, Goth. figgrs; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E.
     fang.]
     1. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit;
        esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than
        the thumb.
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     2. Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer
        of a clock, watch, or other registering machine;
        especially (Mech.) a small projecting rod, wire, or piece,
        which is brought into contact with an object to effect,
        direct, or restrain a motion.
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     3. The breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a
        measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a
        measure in domestic use in the United States, of about
        four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard.
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              A piece of steel three fingers thick. --Bp. Wilkins.
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     4. Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a
        musical instrument. [R.]
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              She has a good finger.                --Busby.
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     Ear finger, the little finger.
  
     Finger alphabet. See Dactylology.
  
     Finger bar, the horizontal bar, carrying slotted spikes, or
        fingers, through which the vibratory knives of mowing and
        reaping machines play.
  
     Finger board (Mus.), the part of a stringed instrument
        against which the fingers press the strings to vary the
        tone; the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc.; manual.
  
     Finger bowl Finger glass, a bowl or glass to hold water
        for rinsing the fingers at table.
  
     Finger flower (Bot.), the foxglove.
  
     Finger+grass+(Bot.),+a+kind+of+grass+({Panicum+sanguinale">Finger grass (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Panicum sanguinale)
        with slender radiating spikes; common crab grass. See
        Crab grass, under Crab.
  
     Finger nut, a fly nut or thumb nut.
  
     Finger plate, a strip of metal, glass, etc., to protect a
        painted or polished door from finger marks.
  
     Finger post, a guide post bearing an index finger.
  
     Finger reading, reading printed in relief so as to be
        sensible to the touch; -- so made for the blind.
  
     Finger+shell+(Zool.),+a+marine+shell+({Pholas+dactylus">Finger shell (Zool.), a marine shell ({Pholas dactylus)
        resembling a finger in form.
  
     Finger sponge (Zool.), a sponge having finger-shaped lobes,
        or branches.
  
     Finger stall, a cover or shield for a finger.
  
     Finger steel, a steel instrument for whetting a currier's
        knife.
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     To burn one's fingers. See under Burn.
  
     To have a finger in, to be concerned in. [Colloq.]
  
     To have at one's fingers' ends, to be thoroughly familiar
        with. [Colloq.]
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