Hair line

hairline

[hair-lahyn]
noun
1.
a very slender line.
2.
the lower edge of the hair, especially along the upper forehead: a hairline that slowly receded.
3.
worsted fabric woven with very fine lines or stripes.
4.
Printing.
a.
a very thin line on the face of a type. See illus. under type.
b.
a style of type consisting entirely of such lines.
c.
a thin rule for printing fine lines.
d.
undesirable vertical lines between letters, caused by worn matrices.
adjective
5.
narrow or fine as a hair: a hairline fracture.

Origin:
1725–35; hair + line1

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hairline (ˈhɛəˌlaɪn)
 
n
1.  the natural margin formed by hair on the head
2.  a.  a very narrow line
 b.  (as modifier): a hairline crack
3.  printing
 a.  a thin stroke in a typeface
 b.  any typeface consisting of such strokes
 c.  thin lines beside a character, produced by worn or poorly cast type
4.  a rope or line of hair

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hairline hair·line (hâr'līn')
n.
The outline of the growth of hair on the head, especially across the front.

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