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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Example sentences
Today, a hairline crack runs above one of those rivets.
It had limited upgrade potential, and the translucent case suffered hairline
  cracks, which put many buyers off.
While his hairline has thinned further, his talents have not diminished.
If your hairline recedes any more, you'll have to start buying floor.
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