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listening

Checking for matching data. In computer operations, the act of comparing is sometimes called listening. See TCP/IP port.
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Now all hold your breath a moment so I can listen well.
Too-Too leaned down and listened again very hard and long.
But as she was listening to the wind she began to listen to something else.
Nervous and frightened, at the same time fascinated, Saxon hemstitched a linen handkerchief intended for Billy and listened to Mercedes' wild flow of speech.
She returned to the group where the vicomte was still talking, and again pretended to listen, while waiting till it would be time to leave.
We may be sure that when the day's work was done, when the fight or the chase was over, they gathered round the wood fire and listened to the tales of the story-teller.
Listen, it's flying!" almost shrieked Levin, cocking his gun.
My first impulse, the moment I looked along it, was to shut down my lantern-shade, and listen again.
"More than a mine; a treasure coined, and fit for instant use, girl.-- Listen! I was making the angle necessary to intersect the line of your uncle's march, after my fruitless search, when I heard sounds like the explosion produced by fire arms--"
The ladies, in small numbers, listened to the songs of the singers and the verses of the poets; others listened to the prose, spoken with much art, by men who were neither actors nor poets, but to whom youth and solitude gave an unaccustomed eloquence, which appeared to them better than everything else in the world.
Then he pushed open the door and listened. He turned back, held up his finger and nodded.
Again, half unconsciously, he listened, and again he found the silence oppressive.