Definition of whisker in English:
1A long projecting hair or bristle growing from the face or snout of many mammals.
- Every once in a while, particularly when I take out clothes that I haven't worn since our move, I find a cat whisker or a dog hair.
- Another notable mode of sensation in cats are whiskers, or vibrissae.
- It has a nose like a dog's, teeth like a leopard's, and whiskers like an otter's.
1.1 (whiskers) The hair growing on a man’s face, especially on his cheeks.
- The examiner was a Dr Bull, an elderly anatomy lecturer of rather Victorian appearance, with mutton-chop whiskers and beetling eyebrows.
- Since the mustache part of General Burnside's invention was nothing new, the cheek whiskers became known as ‘Burnsides’ and enjoyed a certain vogue among men of the day.
- The Emperor Franz Josef favoured equally luxuriant mutton-chop whiskers - effectively a beard, with the chin shaven.
2 (a whisker) informal A very small amount: they won the election by a whisker
More example sentences
- I intuit Blair will win the election by a whisker.
- This year, for example, the amount given to Republicans is just a whisker more than $1 million.
- This release just missed the cut on the last missive by a whisker and a bit.
3A single crystal of a material in the form of a filament with no dislocations.
- The particles may be carbon fibers, carbon black, carbon whiskers, coated hollow microspheres, or a combination thereof.
- However, these materials were still too weak to support their own weight without tapering, although in the case of graphite whiskers the taper ratio was a more manageable 100.
- Chlamydomonas strains were transformed according to the silicon carbide whisker method of DUNAHAY 1993, with the following modifications.
have (or have grown) whiskers
- informal (Especially of a story) be very old.Example sentences
- The contents are usually tacky rubbish - a big coloured paper hat which you wear, a very cheap plastic toy made in Hong Kong, and a joke so old it has whiskers bigger than Santa Claus's.
- There is scant joy to be derived from a joke that has grown whiskers.
- This business of being a multiculturalist has whiskers on it already.
within a whisker of
- informal Extremely close or near to doing, achieving, or suffering something: Jarvis came within a whisker of winning the gameMore example sentences
- As the center's initial three-year grant drew to a close, CTFA came within a whisker of pulling its support.
- As a result of those finds, Cairn's shares have risen in steady steps from £4 to within a whisker of £15 today.
- He said the SRA wanted to scrap the route to shave a couple of minutes off the Manchester to London journey time, bringing it within a whisker of two hours.
- Example sentences
- For most of his career, the 69-year-old stage and TV actor has specialised in playing older character parts - more often than not the kind of fearsomely whiskered old coves who look like they'd be pretty handy with a blunderbuss.
- Occasionally I would be rewarded with a wee, twitching, whiskered snout poking out of the little yellow house.
- Rivalling the film's spectacular scenery for radiant, wintry beauty, Nicole Kidman plays Ada, pitching up in the town of Cold Mountain with her preacher pappy - a white whiskered Donald Sutherland.
- Example sentences
- A fat, whiskery man relaxing on the bridge introduced himself as ‘Casper - the friendly Second Officer’.
- When I got back to the table I stood behind Papa, slipped my arms around his neck and bending down kissed his whiskery cheek.
- For many people the word ‘geologist’ is apt to conjure up images of whiskery Victorian fossil collectors clad in heavy tweeds.
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