• IPA: /ʍɪskə(ɹ)/, /wɪskə(ɹ)/

whisker (plural whiskers)

  1. That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of the face, usually of the male, or upon the chin, or upon both.
  2. A hair of the beard.
  3. One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
  4. (colloquial) The (very small) distance between two things.
    It missed falling on your foot by a whisker.
  5. (nautical) Spreaders from the bows to spread the bowsprit shrouds.
  6. (statistics) A graphic element that shows the maxima and minima in a box plot.
  7. One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick, sweeping motion.
  8. (metallurgy) A small tendril that forms on metal.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: (colloquial) d’un poil, de justesse
  • German: Haaresbreite
  • Italian: pelo
  • Portuguese: fio
  • Russian: (within a hand's reach) руко́й пода́ть

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.072
Offline English dictionary