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.
Recent Examples on the Web From a hair-tone perspective, the dark root colour lends itself to the chocolate reference, while the swirls of chai are the pale-brown highlights placed around the hairline (but off the root). Megan Decker,, "“Chocolate Chai” Is The Balayage Trend To Try This Fall," 27 Aug. 2020 Another trick to creating natural, undone waves is to alternate the direction of the waves, making sure to always direct the curls at the hairline away from your face, Hardges adds. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Create Loose Waves with a Styling Wand," 25 Aug. 2020 According to a team press release issued Friday, a hairline medial malleolus stress fracture of the ankle has been discovered. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins to undergo season-ending ankle surgery," 21 Aug. 2020 Measure about an inch back from the hairline and part your hair all the way down the side of your face from there. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cut Bangs at Home That Actually Look Great," 26 June 2020 These hairline cracks are usually caused by lumber shrinkage and settling in the house frame. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 The actor began the tutorial by sectioning off pieces from the front perimeter of her hairline using the brand's Edge Tool. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Tracee Ellis Ross Drops Tutorial for Achieving Her Iconic "Cursive" Baby Hairs," 30 July 2020 Dab coconut oil around your hairline, avoiding touching any hair. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Safely Bleach Your Hair at Home, According to Color Pros," 30 June 2020 The advanced non-drip formula means your bathroom, clothes, and hairline will be stain-free after application. Andrea Jordan, Southern Living, "The Best Box Hair Dyes to Touch Up Your Color at Home," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of hairline

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hairline was in 1846

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4 Sep 2020

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“Hairline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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

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hairline adjective

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