- whiskers, a beard.
- Usually whiskers. side whiskers.
- a single hair of the beard.
- Archaic. a mustache.
- one of the long, stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as the cat or rat; vibrissa.
- Also called whisker boom, whisker pole. Nautical. any spar for extending the clew or clews of a sail so that it can catch more wind.
- Radio, Electronics. cat whisker.
- Crystallography. a thin filament of a crystal, usually several millimeters long and one to two microns in diameter, having unusually great strength.
- by a whisker, by the narrowest margin: She won the race by a whisker.
Origin of whisker
Examples from the Web for whisker
Not anymore: A Rasmussen poll out last week now shows Pryor ahead by a whisker, and the race is now essentially a tie.A GOP Senate? Why It Won't Come Easy
September 1, 2014
Todd made a $2,000 donation to charity and kept the goatee by a whisker.What Does a Goatee Say About You?
November 12, 2009
His wrinkled, red face was edged by a white fringe of whisker.Stories of a Western Town
Also avoid getting the lips, nose, and whisker base too full.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
A scanty growth of whisker did not conceal the contour of his jaw.End of the Tether
"And I'm glad the gypsies didn't get Whisker," observed Flossie.
"I—I just want to see what Whisker'll do," answered the little boy.
- any of the stiff sensory hairs growing on the face of a cat, rat, or other mammalTechnical name: vibrissa
- any of the hairs growing on a person's face, esp on the cheeks or chin
- (plural) a beard or that part of it growing on the sides of the face
- (plural) informal a moustache
- Also called: whisker boom, whisker pole any light spar used for extending the clews of a sail, esp in light airs
- chem a very fine filamentary crystal having greater strength than the bulk material since it is a single crystal. Such crystals often show unusual electrical properties
- a person or thing that whisks
- a narrow margin; a small distancehe escaped death by a whisker
Word Origin and History for whisker
"hair of a man's face" (usually plural), c.1600, originally a playful formation, from Middle English wisker "anything that whisks or sweeps" (early 15c.); see whisk (v.). In reference to animal lip hair, recorded from 1670s.