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listening

 [lis´en-ing]
paying attention through hearing.
active listening in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as attending closely to and attaching significance to a patient's verbal and nonverbal messages.
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Five seconds later there was a terrific explosion in the center of the listening post.
Mr Parkes apologised, and remarked that he was only listening; to which Mr Willet angrily retorted, that his listening with that kind of expression in his face was not agreeable, and that if he couldn't look like other people, he had better put his pocket-handkerchief over his head.
And she was so un-hysterical and natural and childish that she brought him to his senses and he began to laugh at himself and a few minutes afterward she was sitting on her stool again telling him not what she imagined the secret garden to be like but what it really was, and Colin's aches and tiredness were forgotten and he was listening enraptured.
And I just as much," said the landlady, "because I never have a quiet moment in my house except when you are listening to some one reading; for then you are so taken up that for the time being you forget to scold.
His sense of listening was obviously quickened; he had the air, even, of thinking rapidly.
She did not know, and it concerned her little; for boats, and the sea, and the things and happenings of the sea were of far more vital interest to her than men, and the next moment she was staring through the warm tropic darkness at the loom of the sails and the steady green of the moving sidelight, and listening eagerly to the click of the sweeps in the rowlocks.
And you and that young dog of a doctor enj'y listening to her as much as I do.