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hairline

[hair-lahyn] /ˈhɛərˌlaɪn/
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.
  1. a very thin line on the face of a type.
  2. a style of type consisting entirely of such lines.
  3. a thin rule for printing fine lines.
  4. undesirable vertical lines between letters, caused by worn matrices.
adjective
5.
narrow or fine as a hair:
a hairline fracture.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; hair + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for hair-line

hairline

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

hairline

n.

"cord made of hair," 1731, from hair + line. Meaning "a very fine line" is from 1846. As "the outline of the hair on top of the head," by 1903. As an adjective, of cracks, etc., by 1923.

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hair-line in Medicine

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

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