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Whisker definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WHISKER, n. [from whisk.[ Long hair growing on the human cheek.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost the election by a whisker" [syn: hair's-breadth, hairsbreadth, hair, whisker]
2: a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat [syn: whisker, vibrissa, sensory hair] v
1: furnish with whiskers; "a whiskered jersey" [syn: bewhisker, whisker]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: singular of whiskers mustache, from 2whisk Date: circa 1600 1. a. a hair of the beard b. plural (1) archaic mustache (2) the part of the beard growing on the sides of the face or on the chin c. hairbreadth <lost the race by a whisker> 2. one of the long projecting hairs or bristles growing near the mouth of an animal (as a cat or bird) 3. an outrigger extending on each side of the bowsprit to spread the jib and flying jib guys usually used in plural 4. a. a shred or filament resembling a whisker b. a thin hairlike crystal (as of sapphire or copper) of exceptional mechanical strength used especially to reinforce composite structural material whiskered adjective whiskery adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (usu. in pl.) the hair growing on a man's face, esp. on the cheek. 2 each of the bristles on the face of a cat etc. 3 colloq. a small distance (within a whisker of; won by a whisker). 4 a strong hairlike crystal of metal etc. Phrases and idioms: have (or have grown) whiskers colloq. (esp. of a story etc.) be very old. Derivatives: whiskered adj. whiskery adj. Etymology: WHISK + -ER(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Whisker Whisk"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion. 2. Formerly, the hair of the upper lip; a mustache; -- usually in the plural. Hoary whiskers and a forky beard. --Pope. 3. pl. That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, or upon the chin, or upon both; as, side whiskers; chin whiskers. 4. A hair of the beard. 5. One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal. 6. pl. (Naut.) Iron rods extending on either side of the bowsprit, to spread, or guy out, the stays, etc.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(whiskers) 1. The whiskers of an animal such as a cat or a mouse are the long stiff hairs that grow near its mouth. N-COUNT: usu pl 2. You can refer to the hair on a man's face, especially on the sides of his face, as his whiskers. ...wild, savage-looking fellows, with large whiskers, unshaven beards, and dirty faces. N-PLURAL 3. You can use whisker in expressions such as by a whisker or within a whisker of to indicate that something happened or is true, but only by a very small amount or degree. A new pet census showed that cats now outnumber dogs by a whisker (7 million to 6.9 million)... She came within a whisker of taking a gold medal... Unemployment is now a whisker away from three million. N-SING

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A great lie.

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