Taxonomy of meanings for 耳:

  • ěr (OC: mljɯʔ MC: ȵɨ) 而止切 上 廣韻:【辝也説文云主聽也而止切五 】
    • EAR
      • near
      • nadVinstrumentwith one's ears
      • nadVobjectfor the ear 耳語
      • n[post-npro1]my ear
      • nfigurativeear (of a di3ng vessel etc)
      • npostVt(.post-N)one's ears
      • n[post-N]pluralone's ears
      • n(post-N)the contextually determinate N's ears
      • process>HEAR
        • vtoNhear about
        • conative>LISTEN
          • vtoNhear; use one's ears, listen
        • metonymy, “ears of grain”>SPROUT
      • =而已 “and that is all”>FINAL PARTICLES
        • ppostadSemphaticemphatic sentence final particle: and that's how it is, and there is nothing to add to this matter, and that's all to it
        • grammaticalisef>ONLY
          • ppostadSand that is all, contraction of 而已 (note the problems of scope: sometimes what the restrictive quantification quantifies over is only the subject, sometimes only the object, and sometimes the whole verb phrase, and at still other times the main verb only. These distinctions have not so far been implemented in tls.)