hair meaning

[ hɛə ] Pronunciation:   "hair" in a sentence
Noun: hair  hehr
  1. A covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
    "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells" 
  2. A very small distance or space
    "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"
    - hair's-breadth, hairsbreadth, whisker 
  3. Filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
    - fuzz, tomentum 
  4. Any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal
    "there is a hair in my soup"
    - pilus 
  5. Cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
    - haircloth 
  6. A filamentous projection or process on an organism

Sounds like: hare, Herr

Derived forms: hairs

See also: capillary, hairy

Type of: appendage, body covering, cloth, enation, fabric, filament, filum, material, outgrowth, plant process, process, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, textile

Part of: integumentary system, mammal, mammalian

Encyclopedia: Hair

A filament-like structure consisting of a shaft which projects to the surface of the SKIN from a root which is softer than the shaft and lodges in the cavity of a HAIR FOLLICLE. It is found on most surfaces of the body. n often attrib
1 : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; esp : one of the usu. pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
2 : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; esp : the coating of hairs on a human head — hair·like adj

The complications that make something hairy. "Decoding TECO commands requires a certain amount of hair." Often seen in the phrase "infinite hair", which connotes extreme complexity. Also in "hairiferous" (tending to promote hair growth): "GNUMACS elisp encourages lusers to write complex editing modes." "Yeah, it's pretty hairiferous all right." (Or just: "Hair squared!")


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  1. at that time i wore my hair in two braids.
  2. a wisp of hair straggled across her ear.
  3. her hair nearly reached down to her waist.
  4. i rinsed the shampoo out of my hair.
  5. did not you notice ? he has dyed his hair ..

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