[ hwis-ker, wis- ]
/ ˈʰwɪs kər, ˈwɪs- /
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.
Words nearby whisker
Idioms for whisker
by a whisker, by the narrowest margin: She won the race by a whisker.
OTHER WORDS FROM whiskerwhisk·er·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for by-a-whisker
/ (ˈwɪskə) /
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
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Idioms and Phrases with by-a-whisker
see by a hair (whisker); win by a nose (whisker).
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