What does hair mean?

Definitions for hair
hɛərhair

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hair(noun)

    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, whisker(noun)

    a very small distance or space

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

  3. hair, fuzz, tomentum(noun)

    filamentous hairlike growth on a plant

    "peach fuzz"

  4. hair, pilus(noun)

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

    "there is a hair in my soup"

  5. haircloth, hair(noun)

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

  6. hair(noun)

    a filamentous projection or process on an organism

Wiktionary

  1. hair(Noun)

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

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

  2. hair(Noun)

    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.

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

  3. hair(Noun)

    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.

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

  4. hair(Noun)

    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).

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

  5. hair(Noun)

    Haircloth; a hair shirt.

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

  6. hair(Noun)

    Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

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

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

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. Hair(noun)

    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

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

  2. Hair(noun)

    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

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

  3. Hair(noun)

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

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

  4. Hair(noun)

    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

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

  5. Hair(noun)

    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)

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

  6. Hair(noun)

    a spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm

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

  7. Hair(noun)

    a haircloth

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

  8. Hair(noun)

    any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth

    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

How to pronounce hair?

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    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say hair in sign language?

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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. Seán O'Casey:

    Here, with whitened hair, desires failing, strength ebbing out of him, with the sun gone down and with only the serenity and the calm warning of the evening star left to him, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it was, to what it would be. Hurrah!

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Tone, attitude, and character prove the greatness, maturity, and insight, not the gray hair, age, or appearance.

  3. Debra Suierveld:

    Debra Suierveld said about her daughter. Days before, about 10 miles away from the Suierveld home, George Speiring said he opened the door to his home and spotted a lab mix on his porch. He said he called police and the dog, which turned out to be Abby, eventually ended up at the animal shelter. The animal shelter then found the chip that connected Abby to her rightful owner. Abby looked almost like she never left home, aside from graying hair and a benign tumor. Her teeth are in good shape, her paws are in good shape, somebody took very good care of her.

  4. Timothy Christopher Mara:

    I text messaged my dad the other day saying ‘I miss you’ and his response was ‘I miss your hair,’ so thanks, Dad!

  5. Audrey Hepburn:

    The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

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