Whisker definition

wĭskər, hwĭs-
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(nautical) One of two spars or booms projecting from the side of a bowsprit for spreading the jib or flying-jib guys.
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(informal) A narrow margin; a hairsbreadth.

The candidate lost the election by a whisker.

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One of the long stiff tactile bristles or hairs that grow near the mouth and elsewhere on the head of most mammals; a vibrissa.
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A very small, hairlike, single-crystal filament of high tensile strength, grown on certain metals, alloys, crystals, etc. and serving to reinforce the material.
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(chemistry) An extremely fine filamentary crystal with extraordinary tensile strength and unusual electrical or surface properties.
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The hair on a man's cheeks and chin.
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A very small amount or margin.

To lose an election by a whisker.

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(naut.) Either of two spars extending laterally, one on each side of the bowsprit, for spreading the jib and flying jib guys.
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(archaic) A mustache.
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The hair growing on a man's face; esp., the beard on the cheeks.
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A hair of a man's beard.
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Any of the long, bristly hairs growing on each side of the upper lip of a cat, rat, etc.; vibrissa.
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One of the long stiff tactile bristles or hairs that grow near the mouth and elsewhere on the head of most mammals; a vibrissa.
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The hair on a man's cheeks and chin.
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A single hair of a beard or mustache.
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That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, usually of the male, or upon the chin, or upon both.
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A hair of the beard.
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One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
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(colloquial) The (very small) distance between two things.
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(nautical) Spreaders from the bows to spread the bowsprit shrouds.
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(statistics) A graphic element that shows the maxima and minima in a box plot.
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One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion.
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(metallurgy) A small tendril that forms on metal.
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A single hair of a beard or mustache.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whisker
Plural:
whiskers

Origin of whisker

  • Middle English wisker anything that whisks from wisken to whisk whisk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition