whiskers, a beard.
Usually, whiskers. side whiskers.
a single hair of the beard.
Archaic. a mustache.
one of the long, stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as the cat or rat; vibrissa.
Also called whisker boom, whisker pole. Nautical. any spar for extending the clew or clews of a sail so that it can catch more wind.
Radio, Electronics. cat whisker.
Crystallography. a thin filament of a crystal, usually several millimeters long and one to two microns in diameter, having unusually great strength.
by a whisker, by the narrowest margin:
She won the race by a whisker.
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any of the stiff sensory hairs growing on the face of a cat, rat, or other mammal Technical name vibrissa
any of the hairs growing on a person’s face, esp on the cheeks or chin
(pl) a beard or that part of it growing on the sides of the face
(pl) (informal) a moustache
Also called whisker boom, whisker pole. any light spar used for extending the clews of a sail, esp in light airs
(chem) a very fine filamentary crystal having greater strength than the bulk material since it is a single crystal. Such crystals often show unusual electrical properties
a person or thing that whisks
a narrow margin; a small distance: he escaped death by a whisker
by a hair (whisker)
win by a nose (whisker)
a word or phrase associated with some person or thing; a characteristic expression, typical greeting, or the like. a word or phrase used proverbially; common saying; proverb. an object of general reproach, derision, scorn, etc.: His crimes will make him a byword through the ages. an epithet, often of scorn. Historical Examples The Sapphire Cross […]
see: word of mouth
a word or phrase associated with some person or thing; a characteristic expression, typical greeting, or the like. a word or phrase used proverbially; common saying; proverb. an object of general reproach, derision, scorn, etc.: His crimes will make him a byword through the ages. an epithet, often of scorn. Contemporary Examples Was Rick Santorum […]
work done in addition to one’s regular work, as in intervals of leisure. Historical Examples The Life of James Renwick Thomas Houston Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R) Various
an apology for not having sought permission. Historical Examples Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison) Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett A Breath of Prairie and other stories Will Lillibridge King–of the Khyber Rifles Talbot Mundy Slippy McGee, […]