What does hair mean?

Definitions for hair
hɛərha·ir

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hair.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hairnoun

    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. hair's-breadth, hairsbreadth, hair, whiskernoun

    a very small distance or space

    "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker"

  3. hair, fuzz, tomentumnoun

    filamentous hairlike growth on a plant

    "peach fuzz"

  4. hair, pilusnoun

    any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal

    "there is a hair in my soup"

  5. haircloth, hairnoun

    cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments

  6. hairnoun

    a filamentous projection or process on an organism

Wiktionary

  1. hairnoun

    A pigmented keratinaceous growth that forms thin spires and grows out from a follicle on the human head.

  2. hairnoun

    The collection or mass of such growths growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.

    In the western world, women usually have long hair while men usually have short hair.

  3. hairnoun

    A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.

  4. hairnoun

    A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).

  5. hairnoun

    Haircloth; a hair shirt.

  6. hairnoun

    Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

    Just a little louder please - turn that knob a hair to the right.

  7. Etymology: her, heer, hær, from hær, from hēran. Compare West Frisian hier, haar, German Haar, Swedish hår, from keres-. Compare carrach, šerys, шерсть, कपुच्छल.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HAIRnoun

    1.One of the common teguments of the body. It is to be found upon all the parts of the body, except the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. When we examine the hairs with a microscope, we find that they have each a round bulbous root, which lies pretty deep in the skin, and which draws their nourishment from the surrounding humours: that each hair consists of five or six others, wrapt up in a common tegument or tube. They grow as the nails do, each part near the root thrusting forward that which is immediately above it, and not by any liquor running along the hair in tubes, as plants grow. John Quincy

    Etymology: hær, Saxon.

    My fleece of woolly hair uncurls. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Shall the difference of hair only, on the skin, be a mark of a different internal constitution between a changeling and a drill? John Locke.

    Naughty lady,
    These hairs which thou do’st ravish from my chin,
    Will quicken and accuse thee. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Much is breeding;
    Which, like the courser’s hair, hath yet but life,
    And not a serpent’s poison. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    If thou tak’st more
    Or less than just a pound; if the scale turn
    But in the estimation of a hair,
    Thou diest. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    He judges to a hair of little indecencies, and knows better than any man what is not to be written. Dryden.

    Mr. doctor, he is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies: if you should fight, you go against the hair of your profession. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

Wikipedia

  1. Hair

    Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types, and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably alpha-keratin. Attitudes towards different forms of hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across different cultures and historical periods, but it is often used to indicate a person's personal beliefs or social position, such as their age, sex, or religion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hairnoun

    the collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole of the body

  2. Hairnoun

    one the above-mentioned filaments, consisting, in invertebrate animals, of a long, tubular part which is free and flexible, and a bulbous root imbedded in the skin

  3. Hairnoun

    hair (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair for stuffing cushions

  4. Hairnoun

    a slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth

  5. Hairnoun

    an outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar)

  6. Hairnoun

    a spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm

  7. Hairnoun

    a haircloth

  8. Hairnoun

    any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth

  9. Etymology: [OE. her, heer, hr, AS. hr; akin to OFries. hr, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. hr, Dan. haar, Sw. hr; cf. Lith. kasa.]

Freebase

  1. Hair

    Hair is a filamentous biomaterial that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. Attitudes towards hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across different cultures and historical periods, but it is often used to indicate a person's personal beliefs or social position, such as their age, gender, or religion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hair

    hār, n. a filament growing from the skin of an animal: the whole mass of hairs which forms a covering for the head or the whole body: (bot.) minute hair-like processes on the cuticle of plants: anything very small and fine: particular course, quality, or character: (mech.) a locking spring or other safety contrivance in the lock of a rifle, &c., capable of being released by a slight pressure on a hair-trigger.—ns. Hair′breadth, Hair's′-breadth, the breadth of a hair (Hairbreadth 'scape, a very narrow escape): a very small distance; Hair′-brush, a brush for the hair; Hair′cloth, cloth made partly or entirely of hair; Hair′dresser, one who dresses or cuts hair: a barber.—adj. Haired, having hair—as black-haired, fair-haired, &c.—ns. Hair′-grass, a kind of grass found generally on poor soil, the bracts of whose florets are generally awned near the base; Hair′iness.—adj. Hair′less, without hair.—ns. Hair′-line, a line made of hair, used in fishing: a slender line made in writing or drawing: (print.) a very thin line on a type; Hair′-oil, perfumed oil used in dressing the hair; Hair′-pen′cil, an artist's brush made of a few fine hairs; Hair′-pin, a pin used in hairdressing; Hair′-pow′der, a white powder for dusting the hair; Hair′-shirt, a penitent's shirt of haircloth; Hair′-space, the thinnest metal space used by compositors; Hair′-split′ter, one who makes too nice distinctions; Hair′-split′ting, the art of making minute and over-nice distinctions; Hair′spring, a very fine hair-like spring coiled up within the balance-wheel of a watch; Hair′-stroke, in writing, a fine stroke with the pen: a hair-line; Hair′-trigg′er, a trigger which discharges a gun or pistol by a hair-like spring; Hair′-work, work done or something made with hair, esp. human; Hair′worm, a worm, like a horse-hair, which lives in the bodies of certain insects.—adj. Hair′y, of or resembling hair: covered with hair.—Against the hair, against the grain: contrary to what is natural; A hair of the dog that bit him, a smaller dose of that which caused the trouble, esp. used of the morning glass after a night's debauch—a homeopathic dose; Comb a person's hair the wrong way, to irritate or provoke him; Keep one's hair on (slang) to keep cool; Make the hair stand on end, to give the greatest astonishment or fright to another; Not to turn a hair, not to be ruffled or disturbed; Put up the hair, to dress the hair up on the head instead of wearing it hanging; Split hairs, to make superfine distinctions; To a hair, To the turn of a hair, exactly, with perfect nicety. [A.S. hǽr, Ger., Dut., and Dan. haar, &c.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. hair

    The Olympus of the pediculidæ.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hair

    [back-formation from hairy] 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!”)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. 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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hair

    The cold nipping wind called haar in the north: as in Beaumont and Fletcher, "Here all is cold as the hairs in winter."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hair

    A spring or other contrivance in a rifle or pistol lock, which, being unlocked by a slight pressure on the trigger, strikes the tumbler-catch, and unlocks the tumbler.

Editors Contribution

  1. hair

    A type of filament that grows on the body of specific types of animals.

    Most animals known to us have hair growing on their body.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  


  2. hair

    A type of filament that grows on the groin area of the body of an adult human being.

    Male and female adult human beings have hair in their groin area.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  


  3. hair

    A type of filament that grows on the scalp of a human being.

    The hair grows easily and efficiently.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Hair

    a slender, flexible filament of equal diameter.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hair' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #683

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hair' in Written Corpus Frequency: #744

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hair' in Nouns Frequency: #268

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hair in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hair in a Sentence

  1. Tara Sysaknoi:

    I feel that the incident with Layla's previous teacher was the cause of her hair now being an issue. It's OK for other little boys to cut their hair in a similar style but not OK for her, or is it that because Layla and I spoke up about her previous teacher is this their way of 'getting us back'? I just don’t understand why all of a sudden her hair is an issue.

  2. Mary Doyle Keefe:

    Other than the red hair and my face, Norman Rockwell embellished Rosie's body, i was much smaller than that and did not know how he was going to make me look like that until I saw the finished painting.

  3. Mirel Fried:

    The hair is the crown of the face.

  4. Leonard:

    I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm, your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy, golden storm, yes many loved before us, I know we are not new, in city and in forest they smiled like me and you, but now it's come to distances and both of us must try, your eyes are soft with sorrow, Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.

  5. Alan Marshall Beck:

    Boys are found everywhere-on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.

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