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Meaning of HAIR

Pronunciation:  hehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a filamentous projection or process on an organism
  2. [n]  cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
  3. [n]  any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup"
  4. [n]  dense growth of hairs covering the body or parts of it (as on the human head); helps prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"
  5. [n]  filamentous hairlike growth on a plant; "peach fuzz"
  6. [n]  a very small distance or space; "they escaped by a hair's-breadth"; "they lost by a hair"

HAIR is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: fuzz, hairbreadth, haircloth, hair's-breadth, pilus, tomentum
 See Also: appendage, beard, beard, body covering, body hair, bristle, brow, bush, ceratin, cilium, cloth, coat, coiffure, coma, cowlick, crotch hair, curl, enation, eyebrow, eyelash, fabric, face fungus, filament, filum, forelock, foretop, guard hair, hair style, hairdo, hairline, head of hair, ingrown hair, integumentary system, keratin, lanugo, lash, lock, mammal, mane, material, moustache, mustache, outgrowth, part, pelage, pilus, plant process, process, pubic hair, ringlet, sensory hair, seta, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, stinging hair, supercilium, textile, vibrissa, whisker, whiskers, whorl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hair\, n. [OE. her, heer, h[ae]r, AS. h[=ae]r; akin to
OFries, h[=e]r, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. h[=a]r, Dan. haar,
Sw. h[*a]r; cf. Lith. kasa.]
1. 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.

2. One the above-mentioned filaments, consisting, in
   invertebrate animals, of a long, tubular part which is
   free and flexible, and a bulbous root imbedded in the

         Then read he me how Sampson lost his hairs.

         And draweth new delights with hoary hairs.

3. Hair (human or animal) used for various purposes; as, hair
   for stuffing cushions.

4. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

5. 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}).

6. A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm.

7. A haircloth. [Obc.] --Chaucer.

8. Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

Note: Hairs is often used adjectively or in combination; as,
      hairbrush or hair brush, hair dye, hair oil, hairpin,
      hair powder, a brush, a dye, etc., for the hair.

{Against the hair}, in a rough and disagreeable manner;
   against the grain. [Obs.] ``You go against the hair of
   your professions.'' --Shak.

{Hair bracket} (Ship Carp.), a molding which comes in at the
   back of, or runs aft from, the figurehead.

{Hair cells} (Anat.), cells with hairlike processes in the
   sensory epithelium of certain parts of the internal ear.

{Hair compass}, {Hair divider}, a compass or divider capable
   of delicate adjustment by means of a screw.

{Hair glove}, a glove of horsehair for rubbing the skin.

{Hair lace}, a netted fillet for tying up the hair of the
   head. --Swift.

{Hair line}, a line made of hair; a very slender line.

{Hair moth} (Zo["o]l.), any moth which destroys goods made of
   hair, esp. {Tinea biselliella}.

{Hair pencil}, a brush or fine hair, for painting; --
   generally called by the name of the hair used; as, a
   camel's hair pencil, a sable's hair pencil, etc.

{Hair plate}, an iron plate forming the back of the hearth of
   a bloomery fire.

{Hair powder}, a white perfumed powder, as of flour or
   starch, formerly much used for sprinkling on the hair of
   the head, or on wigs.

{Hair seal} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of eared
   seals which do not produce fur; a sea lion.

{Hair seating}, haircloth for seats of chairs, etc.

{Hair shirt}, a shirt, or a band for the loins, made of
   horsehair, and worn as a penance.

{Hair sieve}, a strainer with a haircloth bottom.

{Hair snake}. See {Gordius}.

{Hair space} (Printing), the thinnest metal space used in
   lines of type.

{Hair stroke}, a delicate stroke in writing.

{Hair trigger}, a trigger so constructed as to discharge a
   firearm by a very slight pressure, as by the touch of a
   hair. --Farrow.

{Not worth a hair}, of no value.

{To a hair}, with the nicest distinction.

{To split hairs}, to make distinctions of useless nicety.

Computing Dictionary

[back-formation from hairy] The complications that make something hairy. "Decoding teco commands requires a certain amount of hair." Often seen in the phrase "infinite hair", which connotes extreme complexity. Also in "hairiferous" (tending to promote hair growth): "GNUMACS elisp encourages lusers to write complex editing modes." "Yeah, it's pretty hairiferous all right." (Or just: "Hair squared!")

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing hair in your dream means sexual virility, seduction, sensuality, vanity, and health. It is indicative of your attitudes. If your hair is knotted or tangled, then it is symbolic of uncertainty and confusion in your life. You may be unable to think straight. Dreaming that you are cutting your hair, suggests that you are experiencing a loss in strength. You may feel that someone is trying to censor you. Alternatively, you may be reshaping your thinking or ambitions and eliminating unwanted thoughts/habits. Dreaming that you are combing, stroking or styling your hair, suggests that you are taking on and evaluating a new idea, concept, outlook, or way of thinking. You may be putting your thoughts in order and getting your facts straight. A more literal interpretation suggests your concerns about your self-image and appearance. Dreaming that you have long hair indicates that you are thinking long and carefully before making some decision. You are concentrating on some plan or situation. Dreaming that you are losing your hair indicates that you are concerned with the notion that you are getting older and losing your sex appeal/virility. You are preoccupied with aging and your appearance. Losing you hair also signify a lack of strength and that you do not possess the power to succeed in an undertaking. You may be feeling weak and vulnerable. Dreaming that someone is smelling your hair indicates sexual curiosity and your need for some sensual stimulation. You have a lot to learn about a relationship. The way yours or someone else's hair smell may remind your of a particular person. Dreaming that you are reaching for someone's hair, suggests that you are trying to connect with that person on a spiritual or intellectual level. It also refers to sympathy, protectiveness, and fraternal love. Dreaming that the wind is blowing through your hair means freedom to express uninhibited feelings. You are "letting your hair down". Dreaming that your hair is white or turns white indicates that something important has just been made aware to you. It is a symbol of wisdom and insight. The dream may also be a metaphor suggesting that you are feeling "light-headed".
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) The Egyptians let the hair of their head and beard grow only when they were in mourning, shaving it off at other times. "So particular were they on this point that to have neglected it was a subject of reproach and ridicule; and whenever they intended to convey the idea of a man of low condition, or a slovenly person, the artists represented him with a beard." Joseph shaved himself before going in to Pharoah (Gen. 41:14). The women of Egypt wore their hair long and plaited. Wigs were worn by priests and laymen to cover the shaven skull, and false beards were common. The great masses of hair seen in the portraits and statues of kings and priests are thus altogether artificial.

(2.) A precisely opposite practice, as regards men, prevailed among the Assyrians. In Assyrian sculptures the hair always appears long, and combed closely down upon the head. The beard also was allowed to grow to its full length.

(3.) Among the Greeks the custom in this respect varied at different times, as it did also among the Romans. In the time of the apostle, among the Greeks the men wore short hair, while that of the women was long (1 Cor. 11:14, 15). Paul reproves the Corinthians for falling in with a style of manners which so far confounded the distinction of the sexes and was hurtful to good morals. (See, however, 1 Tim. 2:9, and 1 Pet. 3:3, as regards women.)

(4.) Among the Hebrews the natural distinction between the sexes was preserved by the women wearing long hair (Luke 7:38; John 11:2; 1 Cor. 11:6), while the men preserved theirs as a rule at a moderate length by frequent clipping.

Baldness disqualified any one for the priest's office (Lev. 21).

Elijah is called a "hairy man" (2 Kings 1:8) from his flowing locks, or more probably from the shaggy cloak of hair which he wore. His raiment was of camel's hair.

Long hair is especially noticed in the description of Absalom's person (2 Sam. 14:26); but the wearing of long hair was unusual, and was only practised as an act of religious observance by Nazarites (Num. 6:5; Judg. 13:5) and others in token of special mercies (Acts 18:18).

In times of affliction the hair was cut off (Isa. 3:17, 24; 15:2; 22:12; Jer. 7:29; Amos 8:10). Tearing the hair and letting it go dishevelled were also tokens of grief (Ezra 9:3). "Cutting off the hair" is a figure of the entire destruction of a people (Isa. 7:20). The Hebrews anointed the hair profusely with fragrant ointments (Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 14:2; Ps. 23:5; 45:7, etc.), especially in seasons of rejoicing (Matt. 6:17; Luke 7:46).

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