whisker


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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 ?
He had scarcely done so, when there was a great uproar in the street, and the old lady hurrying to the window cried that Whisker had run away, upon which Kit darted out to the rescue, and the others followed.
This reminds us that the Right Whale really has a sort of whisker, or rather a moustache, consisting of a few scattered white hairs on the upper part of the outer end of the lower jaw.
But all of my own sex - especially one impostor, three or four years my elder, with a red whisker, on which he established an amount of presumption not to be endured - were my mortal foes.
Young Fledgeby had a peachy cheek, or a cheek compounded of the peach and the red red red wall on which it grows, and was an awkward, sandy- haired, small-eyed youth, exceeding slim (his enemies would have said lanky), and prone to self-examination in the articles of whisker and moustache.
A prodigious growth of whiskers, greyish-dirty and untrimmed for years, sprouted from his face.
No," said Samuel Whiskers, "make it properly, Anna Maria, with breadcrumbs.
This soldier carried a long green gun over his shoulder and had lovely green whiskers that fell quite to his knees.
said the Soldier with the Green Whiskers, not in a stern voice but rather in a friendly tone.
Levin, who had long been familiar with these patriarchal methods, exchanged glances with Sviazhsky and interrupted Mihail Petrovitch, turning again to the gentleman with the gray whiskers.
By this time the jailer had tired of sticking pins in the General, and was amusing himself by carefully pulling the Nome's whiskers out by the roots, one at a time.
I detested his pink, bald head, and his yellow whiskers, always soft and glistening.
You have enough to eat and drink: You are respected in the world: And at the barber's, as I think, You often get your whiskers curled.