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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.
References in classic literature ?
Perkins: firstly, that if her Johnny was to have whiskers, she could wish 'em to be identically like that young man's; and secondly, "Mark my words, Mrs.
It next will be right To describe each particular batch: Distinguishing those that have feathers, and bite, And those that have whiskers, and scratch.
Cats have whiskers in their eyebrows, feet, legs, chin, and cheeks.