Meaning of “eardrum” in the English Dictionary

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"eardrum" in English

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eardrumnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪə.drʌm/ us /ˈɪr.drʌm/

Examples from literature

  • About an hour later he felt a pronounced pressure in his eardrums, which gradually passed off. 
  • Finally, one night, the trumpets blew a blare that almost burst eardrums. 
  • Joe's eardrums were strangely affected. 
  • The eardrum is very thin and can easily be broken. 
  • When sounds strike the eardrum it vibrates and excites the nerve of hearing. 

(Definition of “eardrum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"eardrum" in American English

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eardrumnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪərˌdrʌm/

a thin piece of tissue inside the ear that allows you to hear

(Definition of “eardrum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)