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whisk·er

 (wĭs′kər, hwĭs′-)
n.
1.
a. whiskers The hair on a man's cheeks and chin.
b. A single hair of a beard or mustache.
2. One of the long stiff tactile bristles or hairs that grow near the mouth and elsewhere on the head of most mammals; a vibrissa.
3. Informal A narrow margin; a hairsbreadth: The candidate lost the election by a whisker.
4. Nautical One of two spars or booms projecting from the side of a bowsprit for spreading the jib or flying-jib guys.
5. Chemistry An extremely fine filamentary crystal with extraordinary tensile strength and unusual electrical or surface properties.

[Middle English wisker, anything that whisks, from wisken, to whisk; see whisk.]

whisk′ered, whisk′er·y adj.

whisker

(ˈwɪskə)
n
1. (Zoology) any of the stiff sensory hairs growing on the face of a cat, rat, or other mammal. Technical name: vibrissa
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) any of the hairs growing on a person's face, esp on the cheeks or chin
3. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (plural) a beard or that part of it growing on the sides of the face
4. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (plural) informal a moustache
5. (Nautical Terms) Also called: whisker boom or whisker pole any light spar used for extending the clews of a sail, esp in light airs
6. (Chemistry) 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
7. a person or thing that whisks
8. a narrow margin; a small distance: he escaped death by a whisker.

whisk•er

(ˈʰwɪs kər, ˈwɪs-)

n.
1. whiskers, a beard.
2. Usu., whiskers. the hair growing on the sides of a man's face, esp. when worn long and with the chin clean-shaven.
3. a single hair of the beard.
4. Archaic. a mustache.
5. one of the long stiff bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as the cat or rat; vibrissa.
6. any spar for extending the clew or clews of a sail so that it can catch more wind.
Idioms:
by a whisker, by the narrowest margin.
[1400–50; late Middle English: fan, brush; see whisk, -er1]
whisk′ered, adj.
whisk′er•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whisker - a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker"
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
2.whisker - a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a catwhisker - a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
Verb1.whisker - furnish with whiskerswhisker - furnish with whiskers; "a whiskered jersey"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

whisker

noun
Translations
شارِب القِطشَعْر الوَجْه، شارِب ، لِحْيَه ، سالِف
bakkenbartknurhåroverskægskæg
pofaszakáll
skegg, bartarveiîihár
apsirikti per plaukąsu žandenomisūsuotas
ūsasvaigubārda
dlaka

whisker

[ˈwɪskəʳ] N [of animal] → bigote m; (= hair) → pelo m
whiskers (Zool) → bigotes mpl; (= side whiskers) → patillas fpl; (= beard) → barba fsing; (= moustache) → bigote(s) m(pl)
by a whiskerpor un pelo
within a whisker of he was within a whisker of falling downle faltó un pelo para caer, faltó un pelo para que cayera

whisker

hwɪskər]
n
by a whisker → d'un cheveu
to come within a whisker of doing sth → passer à ça de faire qch whiskers
npl
[cat, mouse] → moustaches fpl
(= man's sideboards) → favoris mpl
[man's bristles] → poils mpl de barbe

whisker

nSchnurrhaar nt; (of person)Barthaar nt; whiskers (= moustache)Schnurrbart m; (= side whiskers)Backenbart m; (Zool) → Schnurrbart m; to win something by a whiskeretw fast gewinnen; to miss something by a whiskeretw um Haaresbreite verpassen

whisker

(ˈwiskə) noun
1. in plural a man's moustache, beard and/or sideburns.
2. (usually in plural) one of the long hairs between the nose and the mouth of a cat etc.
ˈwhiskered, ˈwhiskery adjective
miss etc by a whisker
to manage only barely to miss etc.
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When the radios suddenly stopped working, engineers learned that the cadmium coatings on the capacitors had grown whiskers long enough to bridge the gap from the rotor to the stator, which subsequently killed the operation of the capacitor and the radio.