Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the cylindrical, keratinized, often pigmented filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal.
  • n. A growth of such filaments, as that forming the coat of an animal or covering the scalp of a human.
  • n. A filamentous projection or bristle similar to a hair, such as a seta of an arthropod or an epidermal process of a plant.
  • n. Fabric made from the hair of certain animals: a coat of alpaca hair.
  • n. A minute distance or narrow margin: won by a hair.
  • n. A precise or exact degree: calibrated to a hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pigmented filament of keratin which grows from a follicle on the skin of humans and other mammals.
  • n. The collection or mass of such growths growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.
  • n. A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.
  • n. A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).
  • n. Haircloth; a hair shirt.
  • n. Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole of the body.
  • n. One the above-mentioned filaments, consisting, in vertebrate animals, of a long, tubular part which is free and flexible, and a bulbous root imbedded in the skin.
  • n. Hair (human or animal) used for various purposes.
  • n. A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.
  • n. An outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).
  • n. A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm.
  • n. A haircloth.
  • n. Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the numerous fine filaments which more or less completely cover the skin of most mammals, and constitute the characteristic coat of this class of animals; any capillary outgrowth from the skin.
  • n. The aggregate of the hairs which grow on any mammal; hairs collectively or in the mass; in the widest sense, a dermal coat or covering either of hair (specifically so called), wool, or fur; pelage; in common use, the natural capillary covering of a person's head: formerly sometimes in the plural.
  • n. On animals, with the exception of most mammals, a filament; any fine capillary or hair-like outgrowth from the body or any part of it, but especially its surface; one of the objects which compose the hairiness, pubescence, or pilosity of an animal, or such objects collectively: used in both the singular and the plural: as, the hair or hairs of a caterpillar, that which clothes or those which clothe a lobster's gills, etc.
  • n. In botany, an expansion of the epidermis, consisting of a single cell or of a row or number of cells.
  • n. Haircloth; a garment of haircloth, especially a hair shirt used for penance.
  • n. A cloth, mat, or other fabric of hair used for various purposes in the trades, as in the extraction of oils, manufacture of soap from cocoanut-oil, etc.
  • n. Particular natural set or direction; course; order; drift; grain; character; quality.
  • n. In mech., a locking spring or other safety contrivance in the lock of a rifle or pistol, which may be released by a very slight pressure on a hair-trigger.
  • n. One of the polyps, as sertularians and others, which grow on oyster-shells. See graybeard, 3, and redbeard.
  • Made of or stuffed with hair: as, hair jewelry; a hair mattress.
  • To produce or grow hair.
  • Another spelling of hare.
  • To form fine fibers, as syrup, when tested by dripping.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very small distance or space
  • n. a filamentous projection or process on an organism
  • n. filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
  • n. any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal
  • n. a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  • n. cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments

Etymologies

Middle English her, from Old English hǣr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hēr, heer, hær, from Old English her, hǣr , from Proto-Germanic *hēran. Compare West Frisian hier, Dutch haar, German Haar, Swedish hår, from Proto-Indo-European *keres- (“rough hair, bristle”). Compare Middle Irish carrach ("scurfy, mangy"), Albanian qere ("hair disease, ringworm, baldness"), Lithuanian šerys ("bristle, animal hair"), Russian шерсть (šerst’, "wool"), Sanskrit कपुच्छल (kapucchala, "napehair, shorthairs"). (Wiktionary)

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  • CD: "Curly, kinky, or woolly hairs, as of the negro's head or a man's beard, owe this character chiefly to the fact that they are flattened in different planes in successive parts of their length. Hairs of extreme length and fineness grow upon the head of women..."

    April 13, 2011


  • Dry strands of hair from the fallen days rise and
    tumble, swaying this way and that.
    From sunrise to sundown
    the woman washes her hair
    not even once straightening her waistless back.
    She combs and caresses the ripples of the sand river.

    - Kim Hye-soon, 'Taklamakan Desert', translated from the Korean by Jiwon Shin.

    November 10, 2008

  • Aaaarrrggghhh! I'm having a bad hair bathroom!

    March 28, 2008

  • Sure--until your roommate gets hair on the bottle. ;->

    March 28, 2008

  • I guess that's one of the advantages of liquid bodywash :-)

    March 28, 2008

  • Or on the soap. Eew.

    March 28, 2008

  • Especially my roommate's, in our shower.

    March 28, 2008