hairbreadth
I. noun or hairsbreadth Date: 1561 a very small distance or margin II. adjective Date: 1604 very narrow ; close <
a hairbreadth escape
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  • Hairbreadth — Hair breadth ( br[e^]dth), Hair s breadth Hair s breadth (h[^a]rz ). The diameter or breadth of a hair; a very small distance; sometimes, definitely, the forty eighth part of an inch. [Also spelled {hairsbreadth}.] [1913 Webster] Every one could… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hairbreadth — Hair breadth , a. Having the breadth of a hair; very narrow; as, a hairbreadth escape. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairbreadth — [her′bredth΄] n. an extremely small space or amount adj. very narrow; close [a hairbreadth escape] …   English World dictionary

  • hairbreadth — also hairsbreadth, hairs breadth, hair s breadth, mid 15c., said to have been formerly a formal unit of measure equal to one forty eighth of an inch. From HAIR (Cf. hair) + BREADTH (Cf. breadth) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hairbreadth — hair•breadth [[t]ˈhɛərˌbrɛdθ, ˌbrɛtθ[/t]] also hairsbreadth n. 1) a very small space or distance: to escape by a hairbreadth[/ex] 2) extremely narrow or close: a hairbreadth escape[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • hairbreadth — noun /ˈhɛrˌbrɛdθ/ the width of a hair, a very short distance or a very small amount In short, these kind of hairbreadth missings of happiness look like the insults of Fortune, who may be considered as thus playing tricks with us, and wantonly… …   Wiktionary

  • hairbreadth — n. = hair s breadth; (esp. attrib.: a hairbreadth escape) …   Useful english dictionary

  • hairbreadth — /hair bredth , bretth /, n., adj. hairsbreadth. [1400 50; late ME heere brede; see HAIR, BREADTH] * * * …   Universalium

  • hairbreadth — Synonyms and related words: ace, bit, bowshot, brief span, close quarters, close range, closeness, confinement, crack, crowdedness, earreach, earshot, gunshot, hair, hair space, hairsbreadth, incapaciousness, inch, incommodiousness, limitation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hairbreadth — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. hazardous, narrow, close; see dangerous 1 , unsafe . n. Syn. small margin, fraction, jot; see bit 3 , hair 3 …   English dictionary for students

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