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To eavesdrop, used as a verb
A verb, from the Latin verbum meaning word, is a word that in syntax conveys an action , or a state of being . In the usual description of English, the basic form, with or without the particle to, is the infinitive...

, refers to eavesdropping
Eavesdropping is the act of secretly listening to the private conversation of others without their consent, as defined by Black's Law Dictionary...

, the act of surreptitiously listening to a private conversation.

As a noun
In linguistics, a noun is a member of a large, open lexical category whose members can occur as the main word in the subject of a clause, the object of a verb, or the object of a preposition .Lexical categories are defined in terms of how their members combine with other kinds of...

, in architecture, it can refer to:
  • Eavesdrop or eavesdrip
    The eavesdrip is the width of ground around a house or building which receives the rain water dropping from the eaves.This is sometimes also known as the eavesdrop, but an eavesdrop is also a small, not very visible hole in a building used to listen in on the conversation of people awaiting...

    , the width of ground around a house or building which receives the rain water dropping from the eaves
    The eaves of a roof are its lower edges. They usually project beyond the walls of the building to carry rain water away.-Etymology:"Eaves" is derived from Old English and is both the singular and plural form of the word.- Function :...

  • an eavesdrop – a small hole under the eaves used to listen in (eavesdrop, see above) on the conversation of persons awaiting admission to the building.

In film:
  • Eavesdrop (film)
    Eavesdrop (film)
    -Plot:The film is centered on an old world Manhattan cafe during a busy brunch shift. A number of patrons populate the cafe, with patrons at each table representing a different genre of film, such as romantic comedy and tragedy...

    , the 2008 movie written and directed by Matthew Miele and produced by Chris Fetchko.