hairline


hairline
hairline (n.) "cord made of hair," 1731, from HAIR (Cf. hair) + LINE (Cf. line). Meaning "a very fine line" is from 1846. As "the outline of the hair on top of the head," by 1903. As an adjective, of cracks, etc., by 1923.

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  • hairline — n. 1. a very thin line. [WordNet 1.5] 2. the natural margin formed by hair on the head, especially the edge of growth of hair on the forehead; as, a receding hairline. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairline — ► NOUN 1) the edge of a person s hair. 2) (before another noun ) very thin or fine: a hairline fracture …   English terms dictionary

  • Hairline —   [engl.], Haarlinie …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hairline — [her′līn΄] n. 1. Historical a line, cord, etc. made of hair 2. a very thin line 3. a) a very thin stripe b) cloth patterned with such stripes 4. a very narrow margin or degree of difference 5. the outli …   English World dictionary

  • hairline — [[t]he͟ə(r)laɪn[/t]] hairlines 1) N COUNT: usu sing, oft poss N Your hairline is the edge of the area where your hair grows on your head. Joanne had a small dark birthmark near her hairline... His hairline had receded slightly over the years. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • hairline — I UK [ˈheə(r)ˌlaɪn] / US [ˈherˌlaɪn] noun [countable] Word forms hairline : singular hairline plural hairlines the line at the top of your forehead where your hair begins a receding hairline (= higher than it used to be, because some hair has… …   English dictionary

  • hairline — hair|line1 [ her,laın ] noun count the line at the top of your forehead where your hair begins: a receding hairline (=higher than it used to be, because some hair has fallen out): treatment for men with receding hairlines hairline hair|line 2 [… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hairline — hair|line [ˈheəlaın US ˈher ] n 1.) the line around your head, especially at the front, where your hair starts growing ▪ He had put on weight, and his hairline was beginning to recede. 2.) a hairline crack/fracture a very thin crack ▪ a hairline… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hairline — noun (C) 1 the line around your head, especially at the front, where your hair starts growing: a receding hairline 2 a hairline crack/fracture a very thin crack: a hairline fracture in a bone …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hairline — noun Date: 1846 1. a very slender line: as a. a tiny line or crack on a surface < a hairline bone fracture > b. a fine line connecting thicker strokes in a printed letter 2. hairbreadth 3. a. a textile design consisting of lengthwise or crosswise …   New Collegiate Dictionary