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[ahy-brou] /ˈaɪˌbraʊ/
the arch or ridge forming the upper part of the orbit of the eye.
the fringe of hair growing on this arch or ridge.
a dormer having a roof that is an upwardly curved continuation of the main roof plane.
Printing, Journalism, kicker (def 9).
Nautical. a curved molding protecting a port from falling or dripping water.
1575-85; eye + brow Unabridged
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Examples for eyebrow
  • The dreamer sees him lying on the bed with a wound over his left eyebrow, which runs off vertically.
  • If your friend scratches her eyebrow or crosses her arms, studies suggest, odds are you'll unthinkingly mimic the gesture.
  • The ability to communicate subtle emotions with a simple raised eyebrow or curl of the lip may be innate.
  • Out of context, many of our behaviors-if limited to the mere veneer of plain description-would raise many an eyebrow.
  • Sudden improvements in scores by an individual candidate, compared with previous attempts, also raise an electronic eyebrow.
  • Taken separately, none of these cases would have raised an eyebrow.
  • It is little short of a miracle, and calls for the half-raised eyebrow that miracles evoke.
  • Last year's eyebrow-raising rookie hasn't scored in double-figures in any of his last nine games.
  • Suzy comes home one day with a pierced eyebrow and a purple mohawk.
  • He's still missing a little bone on the top left side of his forehead, on top of his left eyebrow.
British Dictionary definitions for eyebrow


the transverse bony ridge over each eye
the arch of hair that covers this ridge related adjective superciliary
raise an eyebrow, See raise (sense 31)
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Word Origin and History for eyebrow

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

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eyebrow in Medicine

eyebrow eye·brow (ī'brou')

  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
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