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Hering, Heiring, vbl. n. Also: heryng, -ynge, -yn(e, -ying, hearing, hiering. [ME. hering(e, -unge (a 1225).] The action of the verb Here.

1. The faculty of hearing; perception by the ear.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 767.
To dum he gef spekyng, & to def the herynge
Ib. xxix. 21.
Quhen for elde he has quhyt hare, Or quhen hym falȝeis heryng
1490 Irland Mir. I. 64/15.
The bodely wittis of man, … as the sycht, heryne, [etc.]
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 21.
Thair ȝelpis wilde my heiring all fordeifit
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xliv.
Thir mussillis ar sa doyn gleg of twiche and hering
1629 Justiciary Cases I. 99.
In Godis name to geve him his hiering
(2) c1475 Wall. x. 455.
Quhen that the Bruce out off thair heryng wer
1649 St. A. Presb. 140.
He heard young Andrew Patrik say [etc.], in his fathers heiring

2. The action of giving ear; listening, hearing. 1375 Barb. i. 5.
Than suld storys that suthfast wer … Hawe doubill plesance in heryng
a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 487.
Herrod … Wald syndry tymis cum hym to, & tholmodly gif hyme heryng
c1420 Wynt. ii. Prol. 25.
Off hys storys tha wyll I Compyle, that me thynk … tyll yhowre heryng mast plesand
c1475 Wall. xi. 1291.
For dayly mes, and heryng off confessioun
1562-3 Winȝet II. 28/13.
Turning away … thair hering fra the trewth
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 4.
He was … devoit of hering of mes and devyne seruice
1612 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 307.
The sowme … presentlie to foir at the heiring of the comptis of the last thesaure
1622-6 Bisset I. 307/4.
To compeir … in the courte … to the heiring of the dome
1627 Orkney Rentals iii. 8.
When they maye expect a lawfull heiring
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 78.
Within the bodie of the kirk whair the people meit for heiring of the word
1666 Jurid. Rev. XXIV. 17.
The commissioner asked me if I was a heirer, ... I replyit and told him that for hearing and for not hearing I had payit more than my whole rent
1681 Irish Colonial Schemes 129.
For hiering of private complaints

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