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English Dictionary: Hair by the DICT Development Group
5 results for Hair
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"; "they lost the election by a whisker"
    Synonym(s): hair's-breadth, hairsbreadth, hair, whisker
  3. filamentous hairlike growth on a plant; "peach fuzz"
    Synonym(s): hair, fuzz, tomentum
  4. any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup"
    Synonym(s): hair, pilus
  5. cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
    Synonym(s): haircloth, hair
  6. a filamentous projection or process on an organism
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hair \Hair\, n. [OE. her, heer, h[91]r, AS. h[aemac]r; akin to
      OFries, h[emac]r, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. h[amac]r, Dan.
      haar, Sw. h[86]r; cf. Lith. kasa.]
      1. 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. 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
                     Then read he me how Sampson lost his hairs.
                     And draweth new delights with hoary hairs.
      3. Hair (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair
            for stuffing cushions.
      4. (Zo[94]l.) 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. 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. A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm.
      7. A haircloth. [Obc.] --Chaucer.
      8. Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.
      Note: Hairs is often used adjectively or in combination; as,
               hairbrush or hair brush, hair dye, hair oil, hairpin,
               hair powder, a brush, a dye, etc., for the hair.
      {Against the hair}, in a rough and disagreeable manner;
            against the grain. [Obs.] [bd]You go against the hair of
            your professions.[b8] --Shak.
      {Hair bracket} (Ship Carp.), a molding which comes in at the
            back of, or runs aft from, the figurehead.
      {Hair cells} (Anat.), cells with hairlike processes in the
            sensory epithelium of certain parts of the internal ear.
      {Hair compass}, {Hair divider}, a compass or divider capable
            of delicate adjustment by means of a screw.
      {Hair glove}, a glove of horsehair for rubbing the skin.
      {Hair lace}, a netted fillet for tying up the hair of the
            head. --Swift.
      {Hair line}, a line made of hair; a very slender line.
      {Hair moth} (Zo[94]l.), any moth which destroys goods made of
            hair, esp. {Tinea biselliella}.
      {Hair pencil}, a brush or fine hair, for painting; --
            generally called by the name of the hair used; as, a
            camel's hair pencil, a sable's hair pencil, etc.
      {Hair plate}, an iron plate forming the back of the hearth of
            a bloomery fire.
      {Hair powder}, a white perfumed powder, as of flour or
            starch, formerly much used for sprinkling on the hair of
            the head, or on wigs.
      {Hair seal} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of eared
            seals which do not produce fur; a sea lion.
      {Hair seating}, haircloth for seats of chairs, etc.
      {Hair shirt}, a shirt, or a band for the loins, made of
            horsehair, and worn as a penance.
      {Hair sieve}, a strainer with a haircloth bottom.
      {Hair snake}. See {Gordius}.
      {Hair space} (Printing), the thinnest metal space used in
            lines of type.
      {Hair stroke}, a delicate stroke in writing.
      {Hair trigger}, a trigger so constructed as to discharge a
            firearm by a very slight pressure, as by the touch of a
            hair. --Farrow.
      {Not worth a hair}, of no value.
      {To a hair}, with the nicest distinction.
      {To split hairs}, to make distinctions of useless nicety.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   hair n.   [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!")

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      [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!")

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (1.) The Egyptians let the hair of their head and beard grow
      only when they were in mourning, shaving it off at other times.
      "So particular were they on this point that to have neglected it
      was a subject of reproach and ridicule; and whenever they
      intended to convey the idea of a man of low condition, or a
      slovenly person, the artists represented him with a beard."
      Joseph shaved himself before going in to Pharoah (Gen. 41:14).
      The women of Egypt wore their hair long and plaited. Wigs were
      worn by priests and laymen to cover the shaven skull, and false
      beards were common. The great masses of hair seen in the
      portraits and statues of kings and priests are thus altogether
         (2.) A precisely opposite practice, as regards men, prevailed
      among the Assyrians. In Assyrian sculptures the hair always
      appears long, and combed closely down upon the head. The beard
      also was allowed to grow to its full length.
         (3.) Among the Greeks the custom in this respect varied at
      different times, as it did also among the Romans. In the time of
      the apostle, among the Greeks the men wore short hair, while
      that of the women was long (1 Cor. 11:14, 15). Paul reproves the
      Corinthians for falling in with a style of manners which so far
      confounded the distinction of the sexes and was hurtful to good
      morals. (See, however, 1 Tim. 2:9, and 1 Pet. 3:3, as regards
         (4.) Among the Hebrews the natural distinction between the
      sexes was preserved by the women wearing long hair (Luke 7:38;
      John 11:2; 1 Cor. 11:6), while the men preserved theirs as a
      rule at a moderate length by frequent clipping.
         Baldness disqualified any one for the priest's office (Lev.
         Elijah is called a "hairy man" (2 Kings 1:8) from his flowing
      locks, or more probably from the shaggy cloak of hair which he
      wore. His raiment was of camel's hair.
         Long hair is especially noticed in the description of
      Absalom's person (2 Sam. 14:26); but the wearing of long hair
      was unusual, and was only practised as an act of religious
      observance by Nazarites (Num. 6:5; Judg. 13:5) and others in
      token of special mercies (Acts 18:18).
         In times of affliction the hair was cut off (Isa. 3:17, 24;
      15:2; 22:12; Jer. 7:29; Amos 8:10). Tearing the hair and letting
      it go dishevelled were also tokens of grief (Ezra 9:3). "Cutting
      off the hair" is a figure of the entire destruction of a people
      (Isa. 7:20). The Hebrews anointed the hair profusely with
      fragrant ointments (Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 14:2; Ps. 23:5; 45:7,
      etc.), especially in seasons of rejoicing (Matt. 6:17; Luke
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