listening

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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.
"It will be rest enough for me," said Dorothea, "to while away the time by listening to some tale, for my spirits are not yet tranquil enough to let me sleep when it would be seasonable."
His sense of listening was obviously quickened; he had the air, even, of thinking rapidly.
But she was not listening. Instead, she was looking intently across the compound and out to sea.
And you and that young dog of a doctor enj'y listening to her as much as I do."
A Labourer lay listening to a Nightingale's song throughout the summer night.