• WordNet 3.6
    • v overhear hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overhear To hear again.
    • Overhear To hear more of (anything) than was intended to be heard; to hear by accident or artifice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overhear To hear (one who does not wish to be heard or does not know that he is heard, or what is not addressed to the hearer or is not intended to be heard by him); hear by accident or stratagem.
    • overhear To hear over again; hear from beginning to end.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overhear ō-vėr-hēr′ to hear what was not intended to be heard: to hear by accident:
    • v.t Overhear ō-vėr-hēr′ (Shak.) to hear over again.
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. oferhiéran,


In literature:

The principal's name was Barker; and my only clue to his character consisted in overhearing that he was an excellent disciplinarian.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
Occasionally there was confusion amongst them: two or more would assert a right to overhear the same plot.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
We are obliged to keep the window closed, lest we should overhear the conversation.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
James one day could not help overhearing a conversation between the two.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
Does he overhear it, I wonder?
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
No, the girls won't overhear us; they are busy at their embroidery in that distant corner.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
It was our good fortune to overhear a dialogue between Gissing (our dog) and Mike, the dog who lives next door.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
He could not prevent himself, however, from overhearing the following portion of their I conversation.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
I happened to overhear a discoorse at the chapel on Sunday last; and it's from that I'm givin' you my advice.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
He chanced to overhear this, and stopped to consider what it meant.
"The Exiles and Other Stories" by Richard Harding Davis
She had no desire to overhear any conversation.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
These two went very carefully and mocked each other perpetually so that the gods should not overhear and be jealous.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Some one might overhear.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
He begged us to be careful lest the people, who were ignorant, should overhear us.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
Luckily Gabriela overhears their scheming, and puts the Prince upon his guard.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Overhearing the exclamation, she looked up, her glance taking in the whole room.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
Being unwilling to overhear more of a private conversation, I rose and approached them.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
There was no one near enough to overhear him, if he did not raise his voice; and he was careful to speak in a whisper.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
Again he sometimes overhears things quite by accident when he cannot very well help hearing.
"Mother West Wind "Where" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
Now Mr. Fogo was the last man to desire to overhear a conversation.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

I join these words for four people,
Some others may overhear them,
O world, I am sorry for you,
You do not know these four people.
"Causa" by Ezra Pound
So says the tune to you—but what to me?
What to the waiter, as he pours your coffee,
The violinist who suavely draws his bow?
That man, who folds his paper, overhears it.
A thousand dreams revolve and fall and flow.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 05: " by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

At Saturday's show at the 9:30 Club, you could overhear plenty of conversations from fans who'd traveled from out of town to see the reunited band.
Annette Parker, who's a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop pulledthe plug on the machine after overhearing people talking about theexcess payments.
I'm not sure if I was supposed to overhear the conversation taking place to my right.
Sure, New Yorkers share walls, overhear fights, inhale the sweet-spiced victories (and, all too often, failures) of sundry kitchen experiments.
Newsrooms are communal kinds of places — big, open rooms where you can't help but overhear the conversations all around you.
TO SEE Indonesian shoppers strolling along Singapore's Orchard Road, or to overhear their Bahasa Indonesia in the elevators of some of the city-state's most exclusive medical centres is unremarkable.
Each dropped his voice to a whisper and, looking around to make sure no one would overhear, said, "Thank you for saying that.".
Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall, to overhear a conversation, say, and find out what others really think about you.
The duo is credited with developing the first optically-scanned bar code after overhearing a conversation in which a food executive expressed a desire to capture more product information at checkout.
Working as a preschool teacher, Leslie McCollom overhears countless funny, poignant, and priceless quotes from her students.
Undertaking a routine case for Keitel (the other Jake ), Gittes overhears mention of daughter Katherine and develops more than a business interest.
Part of the fun of a festival are the insane conversations you overhear or are fortunate enough to be a part of.
Sarah Ruhl has told this story often, but it bears one more repetition: She came up with the idea for her comedy The Clean House after going to a party and overhearing a woman talk about her maid, who had stopped cleaning her h.
After I said hello I thought for a minute about pulling up a chair and joining the conversation but after overhearing what was being talked about I decided against it.
Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with hiding a remote listening device under his estranged wife's bed that he said he used to avoid overhearing her sex life in the house they still shared.

In science:

At the same time, the transmitter of the RTS frame, i.e. station A, overhears the transmission of the extended RTC frame.
A++ Random Access for Two-way Relaying in Wireless Networks
However, due to the concurrent transmission of station A with station E , the overhearing suffers the interference from station A.
A++ Random Access for Two-way Relaying in Wireless Networks
Therefore the signal from the station A is easily surpassed by that from station E , and has less impact on the decoding of the overheared frame.
A++ Random Access for Two-way Relaying in Wireless Networks
Meanwhile, the station C and the station F overhear transmissions from their respective close neighbors.
A++ Random Access for Two-way Relaying in Wireless Networks
It may overhear an acknowledgment (ACK) if the primary receiver correctly decodes the primary transmission, a negative acknowledgment (NACK) if decoding fails, or nothing if there is no primary transmission.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
In classic sifting, either Alice or Bob may announce the basis choice openly, and in fact Eve may be permitted to overhear it.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
Abstract—The cognitive interference channel models cognitive overlay radio systems, where cognitive radios overhear the transmission of neighboring nodes.
Primary Rate-Splitting Achieves Capacity for the Gaussian Cognitive Interference Channel