hair·​line | \ ˈher-ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio) \

Definition of hairline

1 : a very slender line: such as
a : a tiny line or crack on a surface a hairline bone fracture
b : a fine line connecting thicker strokes in a printed letter
3a : a textile design consisting of lengthwise or crosswise lines usually one thread wide
b : a fabric with such a design
4a : the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead
b : the way the hair frames the face

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Other Words from hairline

hairline adjective

Examples of hairline in a Sentence

The plate had a hairline running across it. He has a receding hairline.

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Using a small amount, start on the apple of the cheek and blend upward toward the hairline. Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How You Can Nail the No-Makeup Makeup Look in Minutes," 11 Sep. 2019 An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Trainer Anthony Aguirre Jr. earns first win on opening day at Laurel Park," 6 Sep. 2019 Use the same gel along the hairline to create baby hair. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "These Goddess Braids Are Downright Mesmerizing," 1 Feb. 2018 This is where Handmaid’s excels: Breaking your heart by way of hairline fractures. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 6 June 2019 This 70-foot hairline-thin crack was given a difficulty rating of 5.14c—a grade only a handful of women have ever climbed. Andrew Bisharat, National Geographic, "How this elite climber keeps finding new heights to explore," 27 Mar. 2019 That kind of dichotomy existed in his personal life, as the character actor also fretted over his receding hairline. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In moving 'Love, Antosha,' the death of a rising film star and his parents' raw grief," 3 Sep. 2019 Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, a staple in natural hair arsenals everywhere, Offset meticulously carves out swirls along Baby Bardi’s hairline. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Cardi B. Posts Video Of Offset Laying Kulture's Edges And It's The Cutest Thing," 5 Aug. 2019 The rash usually lasts five to six days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. Anne Saker,, "Ohio reports first case of measles in two years, amid national outbreak," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of hairline

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hairline

: a thin line or crack
: the line where your hair starts on your forehead


hair·​line | \ -ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio) \

Medical Definition of hairline

: the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead

Other Words from hairline

hairline adjective

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