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HAIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hair mean? 

HAIR (noun)
  The noun HAIR has 6 senses:

1. 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
2. a very small distance or space
3. filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
4. any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal
5. cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
6. a filamentous projection or process on an organism

  Familiarity information: HAIR used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HAIR (noun)


Sense 1hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context examples:

he combed his hair / each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

body covering (any covering for the body or a body part)

Meronyms (parts of "hair"):

hairline (the natural margin formed by hair on the head)

part; parting (a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions)

Meronyms (substance of "hair"):

ceratin; keratin (a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair feathers nails and hooves)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hair"):

coif; coiffure; hair style; hairdo; hairstyle (the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair))

curl; lock; ringlet; whorl (a strand or cluster of hair)

beard; face fungus; whiskers (the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face)

moustache; mustache (an unshaved growth of hair on the upper lip)

bush; crotch hair; pubic hair (hair growing in the pubic area)

brow; eyebrow; supercilium (the arch of hair above each eye)

cilium; eyelash; lash (any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids)

cowlick (a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat)

head of hair; mane (growth of hair covering the scalp of a human being)

coat; pelage (growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal)

guard hair (coarse hairs that form the outer fur and protect the underfur of certain mammals)

mane (long coarse hair growing from the crest of the animal's neck)

forelock; foretop (a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears)

beard (hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals)

body hair (short hair growing over a person's body)

down; pile (fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs))

Holonyms ("hair" is a part of...):

integumentary system (the skin and its appendages)


Sense 2hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A very small distance or space

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

hair's-breadth; hairsbreadth; whisker; hair

Context examples:

they escaped by a hair's-breadth / they lost the election by a whisker

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)


Sense 3hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Filamentous hairlike growth on a plant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

tomentum; fuzz; hair

Context example:

peach fuzz

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

enation; plant process (a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hair"):

stinging hair (a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluid)

coma (a usually terminal tuft of hairs especially on a seed)

beard (a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses)


Sense 4hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

pilus; hair

Context example:

there is a hair in my soup

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

filament; filum (a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hair"):

ingrown hair (a hair that does not emerge from the follicle but remains embedded in the skin (usually causing inflammation))

Holonyms ("hair" is a part of...):

mammal; mammalian (any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk)


Sense 5hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

haircloth; hair

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)


Sense 6hair [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A filamentous projection or process on an organism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("hair" is a kind of...):

appendage; outgrowth; process (a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hair"):

bristle (a stiff hair)

sensory hair; vibrissa; whisker (a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat)

seta (a stiff hair or bristle)

pilus (hairlike structure especially on the surface of a cell or microorganism)


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