from The Century Dictionary.

  • In psychology, having a marked tendency to carry on mental operations (remembering, thinking, imagining, dreaming, etc.) in terms of auditory images; of an auditory, as opposed to a visual or motor type of mental constitution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Physiol. Psychol.) Thinking chiefly or most readily through, or in terms related to, the sense of hearing; specif., thinking words as spoken, as a result of familiarity with speech or of mental peculiarity; -- opposed to eye-minded.


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  • While oral spelling aids the "ear-minded" pupil and gives variety in the recitation, written spelling should predominate for the reasons that (1) in practical life, spelling is used almost wholly in expressing thought in writing; (2) the eye and hand should be trained equally with the ear.

    How to Teach Phonics Lida M. Williams

  • The "literary" user of language in modern times comes to depend upon the written or printed page; he tends to become more or less "eye-minded"; whereas the typical orator remains "ear-minded" -- i.e. peculiarly sensitive to a series of sounds, and composing for the ear of listeners rather than for the eye of readers.

    A Study of Poetry Bliss Perry 1907

  • Now as compared with the typical novelist, the poet is surely, like the orator, "ear-minded."

    A Study of Poetry Bliss Perry 1907

  • (scroll down if you just want to see what words were thought to be most used, and therefore most needed in a spelling lesson, in the 1940s) "Some people are 'eye-minded,' some are 'ear-minded,' some are muscle-minded, 'and some have little mind of any kind ...."

    The Common Room 2008


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