hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher \

Definition of hair 

1a : 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 : haircloth

3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hair

b : a precise degree aligned to a hair

4 obsolete : nature, character

5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair

in one's hair

: persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day

out of one's hair

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

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hair 1a: 1 shaft, 2 sebaceous gland, 3 epidermis, 4 dermis, 5 hair follicle, 6 bulb, 7 papilla

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Other words from hair

hairless adjective
hairlessness noun
hairlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of hair in a Sentence

He plucked a hair from his arm. There are dog hairs all over my coat. The hair on her arms is blond. He has a lot of hair on his chest. He got his hair cut last week. He has a thick head of hair. a balding man who is losing his hair He won the race by a hair. He was a hair off on the count.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The gorillas behind the glass are plucking their hair, and the orangutans are incessantly masturbating. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Her first, from the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, includes long, thick brunette hair and a set of blunt bangs. refinery29.com, "I Got Transformed Into Adele — & This Is What I Looked Like," 11 July 2018 The one Texas Rangers player who, more than any other, has caused fans to pull out their hair, mutter under their breath, and embark on all-out Twitter cursing rants over the past 15 baseball months is, without question, Rougned Odor. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 July 2018 Back in December, Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first stills from the movie, featuring a completely transformed Robbie as Elizabeth I—powdered skin, curly hair, and all. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Margot Robbie is unrecognizable as Queen Elizabeth I.," 11 July 2018 Pink Forest, for example lists styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, paper, hair, polyurethane foam, acrylic, vinyl film, and steel among its materials. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 Camille’s story, told through Adams’s hesitant physicality—and behind a curtain of long strawberry-blonde hair, so alive its tendrils seem to instinctively curl around her—is one of barely maintained survival. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Sharp Objects Is Stunning, Raw, and Violently Beautiful," 5 July 2018 Like in 2007 and 2015, the second-busiest year by a hair, big deals abound. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "M&A Market Headed for a Record, Powered by Tech Disruption, AT&T Ruling," 1 July 2018 He is assisted by choreographer Keith Hermann, musical director Alex Musgrove of Pasadena, and Deer Park residents Cody Ray Strimple (hair-and-makeup design) and Joe Piper (technical direction). Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Art Park Player’s ‘Wedding Singer’ a trip back to the ’80s," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of hair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hair

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

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Dictionary Entries near hair

Haines

haing

Haiphong

hair

hair's breadth

hair ball

hairbeard

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The first known use of hair was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun

English Language Learners 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

hair

noun
\ ˈher \

Kids Definition of hair

1 : a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.

2 : a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.

3 : something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair

4 : a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

Other words from hair

haired \ˈherd \ adjective a long-haired dog
hairless \ˈher-ləs \ adjective
hairlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of hair 

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

Other words from hair

hairlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

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