hearing-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: legal or official proceedings where testimony is given

Commentary: HEARING[+event][+social][+legal][+proceeding][+testimony]

The hearing will go before a grand jury.
The Senate will hold closed hearings on the matter next week.
Two witnesses gave conflicting testimony at the recent hearings in Chicago.

PropBank: hearing.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: an opportunity to make a pitch, present one's case

Commentary: HEARING[+event][+social][+opportunity][+presentation]

The club manager has agreed to give John's band a hearing on Monday night.
Did Mary feel her proposal got a good hearing at the last meeting?
The investment firm gave an initial ten-minute hearing to each entrepreneur.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a distance that is within earshot

Commentary: HEARING[+quantity][+measure][+distance][+earshot]

The children were told to stay within hearing of their teacher.
They ducked into Bob's office to be out of hearing of the department secretary.
She had moved out of hearing and could not heed our warning shouts.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the faculty of being able to perceive sound

Commentary: HEARING[+quality][+faculty][+perception][+sound]

He lost his hearing in a mining accident.
Her grandmother has only recently become hard of hearing.
Dogs' hearing extends into higher frequency ranges than that of humans.
Our hearing of the thunder caused us to turn the boat homeward. (we perceived it)
Her hearing of his advice was a bit different from mine. (includes 'understanding')

PropBank: hearing.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5