Definitions of hair

  1. filamentous hairlike growth on a plant; "peach fuzz" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost by a hair" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a filamentous projection or process on an organism Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. dense growth of hairs covering the body or parts of it (as on the human head); helps prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Hair (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair for stuffing cushions. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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). Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A haircloth. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair for stuffing cushions. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A modification of the epidermis found on almost every surface of the body except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and the glans penis. It is a filament of KERATIN consisting of a shaft, a root, and a point. Medical Dictionary DB
  18. One of the small filaments growing out of the skin of any animal; the mass of such threadlike growth; minute fibers on the surface of plants. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. 1. Pilus, one of the fine, long flexible appendages of the skin, covering the entire body except on the palms and soles and other flexor surfaces. See pilus and scapus. The hairs of the various parts of the body have received special names (see below). 2. One of the fine, hair-like processes of the auditory cells of the labyrinth, of the taste-bulbs, and of other sensory cells, called auditory hairs, gustatory hairs, sensory hairs, etc. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  20. Filiform growth on the skin. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  21. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Filament growing from the skin of an animal; the mass of hair; any fine filament. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. A filament growing from the skin of an animal; such filaments collectively; any similar outgrowth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A small filament, with a bulbous root, growing from the skin of an animal; the mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming an integument or covering; anything very small or fine; minute hair-like filaments on the surface of plants. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Fibres or threads of different degrees of fineness which cover the bodies of many animals; anything very small and fine having length; a hair, a single hair; a fine slender thread or filament; the hair, the whole collection or body of threads or filaments growing upon an animal, or upon any distinct part. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. A threadlike or filamentous outgrowth of the epidermis of animals; any outgrowth of the epidermis consisting of one or more cells, and very varied in shape. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  27. [Anglo-Saxon] Any epidermal filamentous outgrowth consisting of one or more cells, varied in shape; a thread-like or filamentous outgrowth of epidermis of animals; a setum, q.v. na
  28. The Hebrews were fully alive to the importance of the hair as an element of personal beauty. Long hair was admired in the case of young men. ( 2 Samuel 14:26 ) In times of affliction the hair was altogether cut off. ( Isaiah 3:17 Isaiah 3:24 ; 15:2 ; Jeremiah 7:29 ) Tearing the hair ( Ezra 9:3 ) and letting it go dishevelled were similar tokens of grief. The usual and favorite color of the hair was black, ( Solomon 5:11 ) as is indicated in the comparisons in ( Solomon 1:5 ; 4:1 ) a similar hue is probably intended by the purple of ( Solomon 7:6 ) Pure white hair was deemed characteristic of the divine Majesty. ( Daniel 7:9 ; Revelation 1:14 ) The chief beauty of the hair consisted in curls, whether of a natural or an artificial character. With regard to the mode of dressing the hair, we have no very precise information; the terms used are of a general character, as of Jezebel, ( 2 Kings 9:30 ) and of Judith, ch. 10:3, and in the New Testament, ( 1 Timothy 2:9 ; 1 Peter 3:3 ) The arrangement of Samsons hair into seven locks, or more properly braids, ( Judges 16:13 Judges 16:19 ) involves the practice of plaiting, which was also familiar to the Egyptians and Greeks. The locks were probably kept in their place by a fillet, as in Egypt. The Hebrews like other nations of antiquity, anointed the hair profusely with ointments, which were generally compounded of various aromatic ingredients, ( Ruth 3:3 ; 2 Samuel 14:2 ; Psalms 23:6 ; 92:10 ; Ecclesiastes 9:8 ) more especially on occasions of festivity or hospitality. ( Luke 7:46 ) It appears to have been the custom of the Jews in our Saviours time to swear by the hair, ( Matthew 5:36 ) much as the Egyptian women still swear by the side-locks, and the men by their beards. biblestudytools.com
  29. 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 ( Genesis 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 artificial. biblestudytools.com
  30. 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. biblestudytools.com
  31. 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 Corinthians 11:14 1 Corinthians 11:15 ). 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 Timothy 2:9 , and 1 Peter 3:3 , as regards women.) biblestudytools.com
  32. Among the Hebrews the natural distinction between the sexes was preserved by the women wearing long hair ( Luke 7:38 ; John 11:2 ; 1 Corinthians 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 ( Leviticus 21 ). 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 Samuel 14:26 ); but the wearing of long hair was unusual, and was only practised as an act of religious observance by Nazarites ( Numbers 6:5 ; Judges 13:5 ) and others in token of special mercies ( Acts 18:18 ). In times of affliction the hair was cut off ( Isaiah 3:17 Isaiah 3:24 ; 15:2 ; 22:12 ; Jeremiah 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 ( Isaiah 7:20 ). The Hebrews anointed the hair profusely with fragrant ointments ( Ruth 3:3 ; 2 Sam 14:2 ; Psalms 23:5 ; 45:7 , etc.), especially in seasons of rejoicing ( Matthew 6:17 ; Luke 7:46 ). These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Hair". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  33. h[=a]r, 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. h['æ]r, Ger., Dut., and Dan. haar, &c.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. A conical, corneous substance, the free portion or shaft, scapus, of which issues to a greater or less distance from the skin, to the tissue of which it adheres by a bulb, Bulbus pili, seated in a hair follicle-folliculus pili-made by an inversion of the integument, the epidermis of which forms a "root sheath," vagina pili. At the base of the hair follicle, there is a small papilla, well supplied with blood-vessels and nerves, Papilla pili; at times called, but improperly, Pulpa seu Blastema pili. The hair receives various names in different parts-as Beard, Cilia, Eyebrows, Hair of the head, ( Capilli,) &c Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  35. One or (collect. pl.) all of the fine filaments growing from skin of animals, esp. from human head (pl. hairs in collect. sense is archaic); (of plants) elongated cell growing from epidermis; h.-like thing; jot, tittle; against the h., against the grain; to a h., exactly; a h. of the DOG that bit you; (slang) keep your h. on, keep cool; (of girl) put up, turn up, her h., dress it in woman\'s fashion; do or put up, let down, her h. (in the toilet); not turn a h., show no sign of exhaustion or discomposure; hairbreadth or hair\'s breadth, minute distance; hairbrush, toilet brush for h.; haircloth (made of h., for various purposes); hairdresser, one whose business is to dress and cut h.; h.-line, line, rope, made of h., (also) up-stroke in writing; -net, -oil, (used for the h.); hairpin (for fastening the h.); h.-powder, scented powder for hair, now used by men-servants; h.-shirt (of haircloth, for ascetics); h.-splitting a. &n., over-subtle (ty); h.-spring, fine spring in watch, regulating balance wheel; h.-stroke, fine up-stroke in writing; h.-trigger, secondary trigger releasing main one by slight pressure. Hence hairiness n. (-)haired, hairless, hairlike, hairy, aa. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. h. stands on end, from terror. hairbreadth escape, narrow escape. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. The filamentous outgrowth found mainly upon the scalp. American pocket medical dictionary.
  38. A corneous outgrowth from the epidermis, consisting of a long, fine, tubular, elastic body, growing from a follicle of the skin and containing a medullary substance the hair pith, filling a narrow, irregular cavity in the center of the hair. Its shaft and a portion of its root are covered by an epidermis consisting of a thin lamella of flattened horny cells, overlapping each other distally. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  39. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, German] A small filament growing from a bulbous root in the skin of an animal;—a collection or mass of such serving as a covering to the skin: hair of the head; fur; down; bristles;—a species of pubescence on plants;—any thing small or fine; exact value or distance;—course; grain; direction. Cabinet Dictionary
  40. One of the common teguments of the body; a single hair; any thing proverbially small. Complete Dictionary

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