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hair

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noun \ˈher\

Simple Definition of hair

  • : a thin threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal

  • : a covering or growth of hairs

  • : the covering of hairs on a person's head

Full Definition of hair

  1. 1 a :  a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; especially :  one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal b :  the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially :  the coating of hairs on a human head

  2. 2 :  haircloth

  3. 3 a :  a minute distance or amount <won by a hair> b :  a precise degree <aligned to a hair>

  4. 4 obsolete :  nature, character

  5. 5 :  a filamentous structure that resembles hair <leaf hair>

hair·less adjective
hair·less·ness noun
hair·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
in one's hair
  1. :  persistently and annoyingly in one's presence <can't work with you in my hair all day>

out of one's hair
  1. :  out of one's way :  not in one's hair <keep the children out of his hair for a while>

Examples of hair

  1. He plucked a hair from his arm.

  2. There are dog hairs all over my coat.

  3. The hair on her arms is blond.

  4. He has a lot of hair on his chest.

  5. He got his hair cut last week.

  6. He has a thick head of hair.

  7. a balding man who is losing his hair

  8. He won the race by a hair.

  9. He was a hair off on the count.



Illustration of hair

Origin of hair

Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair


First Known Use: before 12th century


Medical Dictionary

hair

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noun \ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r\

Medical Definition of hair

  1. 1:  a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; especially :  one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal

  2. 2:  the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially :  the coating of hairs on a human head

  3. hair·like \-ˌlīk\play adjective



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