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eyebrow

[ahy-brou]
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noun
  1. the arch or ridge forming the upper part of the orbit of the eye.
  2. the fringe of hair growing on this arch or ridge.
  3. a dormer having a roof that is an upwardly curved continuation of the main roof plane.
  4. Printing, Journalism. kicker(def 9).
  5. Nautical. a curved molding protecting a port from falling or dripping water.

Origin of eyebrow

First recorded in 1575–85; eye + brow
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Examples from the Web for eyebrow

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  • Doctor taps Mr. Dibble on the eyebrow with his forefinger, and away they go.

  • At the sight of the figures he raised his eyebrow and glanced up at Roden.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • The girl lifted it up to her face, and gently and repeatedly rubbed her eyebrow.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Let her give the word, lift an eyebrow, and I take her across the world.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • To this informing statement the other man did not so much as lift an eyebrow.


British Dictionary definitions for eyebrow

eyebrow

noun
  1. the transverse bony ridge over each eye
  2. the arch of hair that covers this ridgeRelated adjective: superciliary
  3. raise an eyebrow See raise (def. 31)
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Word Origin and History for eyebrow

n.

also eye-brow, early 15c., from eye (n.) + brow (Old English eagbræw meant "eyelid").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eyebrow in Medicine

eyebrow

brou′)
n.
  1. The bony ridge that extends over the eye.
  2. The arch of short hairs that covers this ridge.
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Idioms and Phrases with eyebrow

eyebrow

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