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Haggard, Sir H. Rider
▪ British author in full  Sir Henry Rider Haggard   born June 22, 1856, Bradenham, Norfolk, Eng. died May 14, 1925, London  English novelist best known for his romantic ...
See haggard. * * *
See haggardly. * * *
Haggart, Robert Sherwood
▪ 1999       American jazz bassist, arranger, and bandleader who performed and cocomposed such hit songs as "Big Noise from Winnetka," "What's New," and "South Rampart ...
/hagd, hag"id/, adj. Brit. Dial. 1. haglike. 2. haggard (defs. 1, 2). [1685-95; HAG1 + -ED3] * * *
/hag"is/, n. Chiefly Scot. a traditional pudding made of the heart, liver, etc., of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the ...
haggish [hag′ish] adj. of, like, or characteristic of a hag haggishly adv. haggishness n. * * * See hag1. * * *
See haggish. * * *
See haggish. * * *
—haggler, n. /hag"euhl/, v., haggled, haggling, n. v.i. 1. to bargain in a petty, quibbling, and often contentious manner: They spent hours haggling over the price of fish. 2. ...
See haggle. * * *
▪ Japan       city, Yamaguchi ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the delta of the Abu River, facing the Sea of Japan. Hagi was founded as a castle town in 1600 and ...
hagi- pref. Variant of hagio-. * * *
/hay"jee euh/, n.pl. Eastern Ch. the Eucharistic elements before or after the consecration. [ < LGk, n. use of neut. pl. of Gk hágios holy] * * *
Hagia Sophia
(Greek: "Holy Wisdom") Church in Istanbul, later a mosque and now a museum. It is the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles ...
/hag"ee ahr'kee, hay"jee-/, n., pl. hagiarchies. hagiocracy. [1820-30; HAGI- + -ARCHY] * * *
a combining form meaning "saint," "holy," used in the formation of compound words: hagiography; hagiocracy. Also, esp. before a vowel, hagi-. [ < Gk, comb. form of hágios holy, ...
/hag'ee ok"reuh see, hay'jee-/, n., pl. hagiocracies. 1. government by a body of persons esteemed as holy. 2. a state so governed. Also, hagiarchy. [1840-50; HAGIO- + -CRACY] * * ...
/hag'ee og"reuh feuh, hay'jee-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the third of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, variously arranged, but usually comprising the Psalms, ...
/hag'ee og"reuh feuhr, hay'jee-/, n. 1. one of the writers of the Hagiographa. 2. a writer of lives of the saints; hagiologist. Also, hagiographist. [1650-60; < Gk ...
hagiographic [hag΄ē ə graf′ik, hā΄jēə graf′ik] adj. 1. of hagiography or the Hagiographa 2. idealizing its subject: said of a biography: Also hagiographical * * * See ...
See hagiographer. * * *
—hagiographic /hag'ee euh graf"ik, hay'jee-/, hagiographical, adj. /hag'ee og"reuh fee, hay'jee-/, n., pl. hagiographies. the writing and critical study of the lives of the ...
—hagiolater, n. —hagiolatrous, adj. /hag'ee ol"euh tree, hay'jee-/, n. the worship of saints. [1800-10; HAGIO- + -LATRY] * * *
See hagiology. * * *
See hagiologic. * * *
See hagiologic. * * *
—hagiologic /hag'ee euh loj"ik, hay'jee-/, hagiological, adj. —hagiologist, n. /hag'ee ol"euh jee, hay'jee-/, n., pl. hagiologies for 2, 3. 1. the branch of literature ...
—hagioscopic /hag'euh skop"ik, hay'jee-/, adj. /hag"ee euh skohp', hay"jee-/, n. squint (def. 13). [1830-40; HAGIO- + -SCOPE] * * * ▪ architecture also called ...
See hagioscope. * * *
Hagiwara Sakutarō
▪ Japanese poet born Nov. 1, 1886, Maebashi, Japan died May 11, 1942, Tokyo       poet who is considered the father of free verse in Japanese.       The son of ...
Hagler, Marvin
▪ American boxer in full  Marvelous Marvin Hagler , original name  Marvin Nathaniel Hagler  born May 23, 1954, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.    American boxer, a durable ...
Hagler,Marvelous Marvin
Hag·ler (hăgʹlər), Marvelous Marvin. Born 1954. American prizefighter who held the world middleweight title from 1980 to 1987. * * *
/hag"rid'n/, adj. worried or tormented, as by a witch. [1675-85; HAG1 + RIDDEN] * * *
—hagrider, n. /hag"ruyd'/, v.t., hagrode or (Archaic) hagrid; hagridden or (Archaic) hagrid; hagriding. to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment. [1655-65; HAG1 ...
/hayg/, n. The, a city in the W Netherlands, near the North Sea: site of the government, royal residence, and of the International Court of Justice. 677,552. Dutch, Den Haag, 's ...
Hague Agreement
▪ Netherlands-Indonesia [1949] also called  Round Table Conference Agreement        (Nov. 2, 1949), treaty between The Netherlands and the Republic of Indonesia that ...
Hague Convention
▪ 1899, 1907  any of a series of international treaties that issued from international conferences held at The Hague in The Netherlands in 1899 and 1907.       The ...
Hague Conventions
Series of international agreements signed at The Hague (1899, 1907). The first conference was requested by Russia to discuss rules to limit warfare and attempt arms limitations. ...
Hague Peace Conference
1. a meeting held at The Hague, Netherlands, in 1899, that established The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration. 2. a meeting held at The Hague, Netherlands, in 1907, that ...
Hague Rules
▪ maritime law       in maritime law, international code defining the rights and liabilities of a carrier. Introduced at the International Law Association meeting in ...
Hague school
▪ art       Dutch painters who worked in The Hague between 1860 and 1900, producing renderings of local landscapes and the daily activities of local fisherman and ...
Hague Tribunal
the court of arbitration for the peaceful settlement of international disputes, established at The Hague by the international peace conference of 1899: its panel of jurists ...
Hague, The
Dutch 's-Gravenhage or Den Haag City (pop., 2001 est.: 442,356), seat of government of The Netherlands. Located 4 mi (6 km) from the North Sea, it is the administrative capital ...
Hague, William Jefferson
▪ 1998       On June 19, 1997, 36-year-old William Hague became the youngest leader of a major political party in the United Kingdom in 200 years. As the new leader of ...
Hague (hāg), The or ’s Gra·ven·ha·ge (skrä'vən-häʹgə, sKHrä'vən-häʹKHə) The de facto capital of the Netherlands, in the western part of the country near the ...
▪ France       town, Bas-Rhin département, Alsace région, northeastern France. It lies along the Moder River just south of the Forest of Haguenau, north of ...
/hak"teuhn/, n. Armor. acton. * * *
/hah/, interj. ha. * * *
/hahn/, n. Otto, 1879-1968, German chemist: Nobel prize 1944. * * *
Hahn, Archie
▪ American athlete byname of  Charles Archibald Hahn   born September 13, 1880, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, U.S. died January 21, 1955, Charlottesville, ...
Hahn, Otto
born March 8, 1879, Frankfurt am Main, Ger. died July 28, 1968, Göttingen, W.Ger. German physical chemist. He worked at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry (1912–44), ...
Hahn, Reynaldo
▪ French composer born Aug. 9, 1874, Caracas, Venezuela died Jan. 28, 1947, Paris, France       Venezuelan-born French composer, remembered chiefly for his art ...
Hahn (hän), Otto. 1879-1968. German chemist. He won a 1944 Nobel Prize for his work on atomic fission. * * *
Hahn-Hahn, Ida, Countess von
▪ German writer born June 22, 1805, Tressow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin [now in Germany] died Jan. 12, 1880, Mainz, Ger.  German author of poetry, travel books, and novels that, ...
—Hahnemannian /hah'neuh man"ee euhn, -mah"nee-/, adj. —Hahnemannism, n. /hah"neuh meuhn/; Ger. /hah"neuh mahn'/, n. (Christian Friedrich) Samuel /kris"cheuhn free"drik ...
Hahnemann, (Christian Friedrich) Samuel
born April 10, 1755, Meissen, Saxony died July 2, 1843, Paris, Fr. German physician, founder of homeopathy. Struck by the similarity of the symptoms quinine produced in the ...
Hahnemann, (Christian Friedrich)Samuel
Hah·ne·mann (häʹnə-mən, -män'), (Christian Friedrich) Samuel. 1755-1843. German physician and founder of homeopathy. He postulated that medicine produces symptoms in ...
Hahnemann, Samuel
▪ German physician in full  Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann   born April 10, 1755, Meissen, Saxony [now in Germany] died July 2, 1843, Paris, France  German physician, ...
/hah"nee euhm/, n. Chem. unnilpentium. Symbol: Ha [1965-70; after O. HAHN; see -IUM] * * *
hai [hī] adv., interj. 〚Jpn〛 yes * * * (as used in expressions) Hai nan Ch'ing hai Shang hai Alkalai Judah ben Solomon Hai Bo Hai Po Hai Erh Hai Er Hai Hai River Ch'ing hai ...
Hai ben Sherira
▪ Jewish scholar born 939 died March 23, 1038       last outstanding Babylonian gaon, or head, of a great Talmudic academy, remembered for the range and profundity of ...
Hai Duong
▪ Vietnam       town, northern Vietnam. The town is located along the Thai Binh River in the Red River delta. It lies on the Haiphong railway about midway between ...
Hai River
River, Hebei province, China. A short part of the Bai River, the name Hai properly belongs only to the stream from Tianjin that flows into the Bo Hai some 43 mi (70 km) away. It ...
Hai River system
▪ river system, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Hai He shuixi  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Hai Ho shui-hsi        extensive system of tributary streams in northern ...
Hai San
▪ Chinese secret society       Chinese secret society that was influential in commerce and tin mining in 19th-century Malaya. The Hai San had its origins in southern ...
▪ province and island, China Introduction Chinese (Wade-Giles)  Hai-nan,  (Pinyin)  Hainan Dao,         sheng (province) of China. The province, whose name means ...
haick (hīk, hāk) n. Variant of haik. * * *
/huy"deuh/, n., pl. Haidas, (esp. collectively) Haida for 1. 1. a member of an Indian people inhabiting the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia and Prince of Wales Island ...
See Haida. * * *
Haidar Ali
/huy"deuhrdd ah"lee, ah lee"/ 1722-82, Islamic prince and military leader of India: ruler of Mysore 1759-82. Also, Hyder Ali. * * *
/huy"deuhr euh bahd', -bad', huy"dreuh-/, n. Hyderabad. * * *
Haidari, Buland al-
▪ 1997       Kurdish Iraqi poet who was a pioneer of free verse in the 1950s. His realistic verse, which helped modernize Arabic poetry, often ran afoul of the Iraqi ...
Haider, Jorg
▪ 2009       Austrian politician born Jan. 26, 1950, Bad Goisern, Austria died Oct. 11, 2008, near Klagenfurt, Austria as the charismatic but controversial populist ...
Haidinger fringes
/huy"ding euhr/, Optics. interference fringes produced by light passing through thick glass plates at near-normal incidence. [named after Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger (1795-1871), ...
/huy"dook/, n. 1. one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary. 2. an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic ...
/huy"feuh/, n. a seaport in NW Israel. 230,000. * * * ancient Sycaminum City (pop., 2001: 270,500) and chief port, northwestern Israel. Located on the Bay of Haifa overlooking ...
/hayg/, n. Douglas, 1st Earl 1861-1928, British field marshal: commander in chief of the British forces in France 1915-18. * * *
Haig, Douglas Haig, 1st Earl, Viscount Dawick, Baron Haig of Bemersyde
▪ British military leader born June 19, 1861, Edinburgh died Jan. 29, 1928, London  British field marshal, commander in chief of the British forces in France during most of ...
Haig, Douglas, 1st Earl
born June 19, 1861, Edinburgh, Scot. died Jan. 29, 1928, London, Eng. British general in World War I. A career army officer, he was promoted to general in 1914 and led British ...
Haig (hāg), Douglas. First Earl Haig. 1861-1928. British field marshal who was commander in chief of the British forces on the western front (1915-1918). * * *
/hayt"ash"ber ee, -beuh ree/, n. a district of San Francisco, in the central part of the city: a center for hippies and the drug culture in the 1960s. * * * ▪ district, San ...
/huyk, hayk/, n. an oblong cloth used as an outer garment by the Arabs. Also, haick. [1605-15; < Ar ha'ik, hayk, akin to hak weave] * * *
/huy"kuy/, n., pl. haikai for 2. Pros. 1. an informal type of linked verse originated by Basho, a 17th-century Japanese poet. 2. a poem of this type. [1880-85; < Japn haikai (no ...
/huy"koh"/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a city on N Hainan island, in SE China. 500,000. Also, Hoihow. * * * ▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Hai-k'ou , conventional ...
/huy"kooh/, n., pl. haiku for 2. 1. a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative ...
haikwan tael
/huy"kwahn"/ 1. the customs unit in China, which is the basis for other local taels, equal to 1.20666 troy ounces of fine silver. 2. liang. [ < Chin haiguan sea customhouse] * * *
hail1 —hailer, n. /hayl/, v.t. 1. to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome. 2. to acclaim; approve enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the conquerors. They hailed the recent ...
Hail Columbia
Slang. hell (used as a euphemism): He caught Hail Columbia for coming home late. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
Hail Mary
1. See Ave Maria. 2. Also called Hail Mary pass, Hail Mary play. a long forward pass in football, esp. as a last-ditch attempt at the end of a game, where completion is ...
Hail to the Chief
the official song for welcoming the US President. It is a march played by a band when he enters a room or an outdoor area for an official event. It was first played in 1815 to ...
n. /hayl"fel"oh/; adj. /hayl"fel'oh/, n. 1. Also, hail fellow, hail-fellow well met. a spiritedly sociable person; jolly companion. adj. 2. sociable; heartily genial: His ...
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Hai-la-erh , formerly  Hulun   city, northeastern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. It lies on the south bank of the Hailar ...
Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie [hī′lē sə las′ē, hī′lē səläs′ē] (born Tafari Makonnen) 1892-1975; emperor of Ethiopia (1930-36; 1941-74): deposed * * * orig. Tafari ...
Haile Selassie I
/huy"lee seuh las"ee, -lah"see/, (Ras Tafari) 1891-1975, emperor of Ethiopia 1930-74: in exile 1936-41. * * * ▪ emperor of Ethiopia original name  Tafari Makonnen   born ...
hail·er (hāʹlər) n. 1. One that greets, acclaims, or catches someone's attention. 2. A bullhorn. * * *
Hai·le Se·las·sie (hī'lē sə-lăsʹē, -läʹsē), Title of Ras Tafari Makonnen. 1892-1975. Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1974). After the Italian invasion of his country ...
Hailey, Arthur
▪ 2005       British-born writer (b. April 5, 1920, Luton, Bedfordshire, Eng.—d. Nov. 24, 2004, Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, Bahamas), helped launch the ...
hailing distance
1. the distance within which the human voice can be heard: They sailed within hailing distance of the island. 2. a close distance; the reach of something or someone (usually ...
Hail Mar·y (hālʹ mârʹē) n. pl. Hail Mar·ys 1. Roman Catholic Church. A prayer based on the greetings of Gabriel and Saint Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary. Also called Ave ...
Hailsham of St. Marylebone, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron
▪ 2002       British politician (b. Oct. 9, 1907, London, Eng.—d. Oct. 12, 2001, London), between 1938 and 1987 served six Conservative governments in a variety of ...
—hailstoned, adj. /hayl"stohn'/, n. a pellet of hail. [bef. 1000; ME; OE hagolstan. See HAIL2, STONE] * * *
/hayl"stawrm'/, n. a storm with hail. [1675-85; HAIL2 + STORM] * * *
/hay"mish/, adj. Slang. homey; cozy and unpretentious. Also, heimish. [ < Yiddish heymish < MHG heimisch, OHG heimisc lit., pertaining to the home; see HOME, -ISH1] * * *
/haynt/, Nonstandard Older Use. ain't; have not; has not. [1830-40, Amer.; orig. contr. of have not, has not (with loss of consonant and compensatory lengthening of a); ...
/huy"nahn"/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. an island in the South China Sea, separated from the mainland by the Hainan Strait: a part of Guangdong province. 2,800,000; 13,200 sq. mi. ...
Hainan Strait
a strait between Hainan island and Leizhou peninsula. 50 mi. (81 km) long; 15 mi. (24 km) wide. Also called Qiongzhou Strait. * * *
/e noh"/, n. 1. a medieval county in territory now in SW Belgium and N France. 2. a province in SW Belgium. 1,271,649; 1437 sq. mi. (3722 sq. km). Cap.: Mons. * * * Flemish ...
▪ Alaska, United States       city, southeastern Alaska, U.S. Located at the northern end of North America's longest fjord, it also lies at the northern end of the ...
Haines City
/haynz/ a town in central Florida. 10,799. * * *
Haines, Connie
▪ 2009 Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais        American singer born Jan. 20, 1921, Savannah, Ga. died Sept. 22, 2008, Clearwater Beach, Fla. was a petite but powerful ...
Haines, Jackson
▪ American figure skater born 1840, New York, New York, U.S. died January 1876, Finland  American skater known as the father of figure skating. A ballet dancer, he adapted ...
Hainisch, Michael
▪ president of Austria born Aug. 15, 1858, Aue, near Gloggnitz, Austria died Feb. 26, 1940, Vienna       Austrian economist and statesman who served as first president ...
haint (hānt) n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Variant of haunt. * * *
/huy"fong"/, n. a seaport in N Vietnam, near the Gulf of Tonkin. 1,190,900. * * * Seaport city (pop., 1992 est.: 783,133), northern Vietnam. Lying on the Red River delta, off ...
Haiphong cyclone
▪ tropical cyclone       (Oct. 8, 1881), one of most catastrophic natural disasters in history and the third deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded. The cyclone ...
—hairlike, adj. /hair/, n. 1. any of the numerous fine, usually cylindrical, keratinous filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals; a pilus. 2. an aggregate of such ...
hair cell
Biol. an epithelial cell having hairlike processes, as that of the organ of Corti. [1885-90] * * *
hair follicle
Anat. a small cavity in the epidermis and corium of the skin, from which a hair develops. See illus. under hair. [1830-40] * * *
hair grass
any of various grasses having slender stems and leaves, esp. one of the genus Deschampsia, as D. flexuosa or D. caespitosa. [1750-60] * * *
hair hygrometer
a hygrometer actuated by the changes in length of a strand of human hair brought about by changes in the relative humidity. [1875-80] * * *
hair implant
the insertion of synthetic fibers or human hair into the scalp to cover baldness. Cf. hair transplant. [1970-75] * * *
hair net
a cap of loose net, as of silk or nylon, for holding the hair in place. [1860-65] * * *
hair seal
any of various seals having coarse hair and no soft underfur. [1815-25] * * *
hair shirt
1. a garment of coarse haircloth, worn next to the skin as a penance by ascetics and penitents. 2. self-imposed punishment, suffering, sacrifice, or penance. [1350-1400; cf. ...
hair space
Print. the thinnest metal space used to separate words, symbols, etc. [1835-45] * * *
hair spray
a liquid in an aerosol or other spray container, for holding the hair in place. Also, hairspray. [1955-60] * * *
hair stroke
a fine line in writing or printing. [1625-35] * * *
hair style
a style of cutting, arranging, or combing the hair; hairdo; coiffure. Also, hairstyle. [1910-15] * * *
hair stylist
—hair styling. —hairstyling, n. a person who designs and arranges hair styles. Also, hairstylist. [1930-35] * * *
hair transplant
the surgical transfer of clumps of skin with hair or of viable hair follicles from one site of the body to another, usually performed to correct baldness. Cf. hair ...
hair trigger
a trigger that allows the firing mechanism of a firearm to be operated by very slight pressure. [1815-25] * * *
hair-cap moss
▪ moss also called  pigeon wheat    any of the plants of the genus Polytrichum (subclass Bryidae) with 39–100 species; it often forms large mats in peat bogs, old fields, ...
/hair"ray'zeuhr/, n. a story, experience, etc., that is terrifying or thrilling. [1895-1900] * * *
/hair"ray'zing/, adj. terrifying or horrifying: We had a hair-raising brush with death. [1895-1900] * * *
/hair"trig'euhr/, adj. easily activated or set off; reacting immediately to the slightest provocation or cause: a hair-trigger temper. [1885-90] * * *
/hair"bawl'/, n. a ball of hair accumulated in the stomach or intestines of a cat or other animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat. [1705-15; HAIR + BALL1] * * ...
/hair"braynd'/, adj. harebrained. * * *
/hair"bredth', -bretth'/, n., adj. hairsbreadth. [1400-50; late ME heere brede; see HAIR, BREADTH] * * *
/hair"brush'/, n. a brush for smoothing and styling the hair. [1590-1600; HAIR + BRUSH1] * * *
hairbrush cactus
a stout, spiny cactus, Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum, of Mexico, having white flowers and bristly fruits sometimes used locally as combs. * * *
hair cell n. A cell in the organ of Corti having fine hairlike processes. * * *
/hair"klawth', -kloth'/, n. cloth of hair from the manes and tails of horses, woven with a cotton warp, and used for interlinings of clothes, upholstery, etc. Also called ...
/hair"kul'euhr ing/, n. dye or tint for the hair. [1955-60; HAIR + COLORING] * * *
—haircutter, n. —haircutting, n., adj. /hair"kut'/, n. 1. an act or instance of cutting the hair. 2. the style in which the hair is cut and worn, esp. men's hair. [1895-1900; ...
See haircut. * * *
See haircutter. * * *
/hair"dooh'/, n., pl. hairdos. 1. the style in which a person's hair is cut, arranged, and worn; coiffure. 2. the hair itself, esp. when newly or elaborately arranged. [1920-25; ...
/hair"dres'euhr/, n. 1. a person who arranges or cuts hair. 2. Chiefly Brit. barber. [1760-70; HAIR + DRESSER1] * * *
/hair"dres'ing/, n. 1. the act or process of cutting, styling, or dressing hair. 2. the vocation or occupation of a hairdresser. 3. a style of arranging the hair; hairdo; ...
/haird/, adj. 1. having hair of a specified kind (usually used in combination): dark-haired; long-haired. 2. New England (chiefly Maine). angry, annoyed, or upset (often fol. by ...
hair follicle n. A tubular infolding of the epidermis containing the root of a hair. * * *
See hairy. * * *
—hairlessness, n. /hair"lis/, adj. without hair; bald: his pink hairless pate. [1375-1425; late ME hereles. See HAIR, -LESS] * * *
See hairless. * * *
/hair"luyn'/, n. 1. a very slender line. 2. the lower edge of the hair, esp. along the upper forehead: a hairline that slowly receded. 3. worsted fabric woven with very fine ...
hairline fracture n. A minor fracture in which the bone fragments remain in alignment, appearing on x-ray film as a fine line. * * *
hairnet [her′net΄] n. a net or fine-meshed cap of silk, etc., for keeping the hair in place * * * hair·net (hârʹnĕt') n. A mesh for holding the hair in place. * * *
/hair"pees'/, n. a toupee. [1935-40; HAIR + PIECE] * * *
/hair"pin'/, n. 1. a slender U-shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the hair or hold a headdress. adj. 2. (of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply ...
/hairz"bredth', -bretth', -breth'/, n. 1. a very small space or distance: We escaped an accident by a hairsbreadth. adj. 2. extremely narrow or close. Also, hair's-breadth, ...
hair seal n. Any of various seals of the family Phocidae, having a stiff, hairlike coat in the adult and ears visible only as small indentations. * * *
hair shirt n. A coarse haircloth garment worn next to the skin by religious ascetics as penance. * * *
hair space n. 1. The narrowest of the metal spaces used for separating words or letters. 2. A similar narrow space used in formatting text. * * *
See hairsplitting. * * *
—hairsplitter, n. /hair"split'ing/, n. 1. the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions. adj. 2. characterized by such distinctions: the hairsplitting arguments of a political ...
hair spray or hair·spray (hârʹsprā') n. A sticky, quick-drying liquid sprayed on the hair to keep it in place. * * *
/hair"spring'/, n. Horol. a fine, usually spiral, spring used for oscillating the balance of a timepiece. Also called balance spring. [1820-30; HAIR + SPRING] * * *
/hair"streek'/, n. any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings. [1810-20; HAIR + STREAK] * * * Any butterfly in the subfamily ...
hair stroke n. A very fine line in writing or printing. * * *
hairstyle [her′stīl΄] n. a particular style of hairdressing, often one that is distinctive and fashionable hairstyling n. hairstylist n. * * * hair·style ...
See hairstyle. * * *
See hairstyling. * * *
hair trigger n. A gun trigger adjusted to respond to a very slight pressure. * * *
See hairweaving. * * *
—hairweaver, n. /hair"wee'ving/, n. the attachment of matching hair to a base of nylon thread interwoven with a person's remaining hair, to cover a bald area. Also, ...
/hair"werrm'/, n. any small, slender worm of the family Trichostrongylidae, parasitic in the alimentary canals of various animals. [1650-60; HAIR + WORM] * * *
—hairiness, n. /hair"ee/, adj., hairier, hairiest. 1. covered with hair; having much hair. 2. consisting of or resembling hair: moss of a hairy texture. 3. Informal. a. causing ...
hairy cell leukemia
a form of cancer in which abnormal cells with many hairlike cytoplasmic projections appear in the bone marrow, liver, spleen, and blood. Also called leukemic ...
hairy fungus beetle
▪ insect       any of approximately 200 described species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that are small, oval, and hairy. These beetles are commonly found on shelf ...
hairy vetch
a plant, Vicia villosa, of the legume family, native to Eurasia, having hairy stems and violet and white flowers, widely grown as forage and as a cover crop. Also called winter ...
hairy woodpecker
a North American woodpecker, Picoides villosus, resembling but larger than the downy woodpecker. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
/hair"ee fayst'/, adj. having a face covered with hair. * * *
hairy-tailed mole
/hair"ee tayld'/ a blackish North American mole, Parascalops breweri, having a short, hairy tail. Also, hairytail mole. Also called Brewer's mole. * * *
hairycell leukemia
hairy cell leukemia also hair·y-cell leukemia (hârʹē-sĕlʹ) n. A rare form of leukemia, usually originating with B cells, characterized by cells with cilialike projections ...
Haise, Fred W., Jr.
▪ American astronaut in full  Fred Wallace Haise, Jr.  born Nov. 14, 1933, Biloxi, Miss., U.S.    American astronaut, participant in the Apollo (Apollo program) 13 mission ...
/hay"tee/, n. 1. Formerly, Hayti. a republic in the West Indies occupying the W part of the island of Hispaniola. 6,611,407; 10,714 sq. mi. (27,750 sq. km). Cap.: ...
Haiti, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped blue-red national flag; when flown by the government, it incorporates the national coat of arms (arms, coat of) on a central ...
/hay"sheuhn, -tee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Haiti or its people. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Haiti. 3. See Haitian Creole. [1795-1805; HAITI + -AN] * * *
Haitian Creole
the creolized French that is the native language of most Haitians. Also called Creole, Haitian. * * * ▪ language       a French-based vernacular language that developed ...
Haitian Creole n. A language spoken by the majority of Haitians, based on French and various African languages. * * *
Haitink, Bernard
▪ Dutch conductor born March 4, 1929, Amsterdam       Dutch conductor best known for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Ludwig van Beethoven, and ...
Haitink, Bernard (Johann Hermann)
born March 4, 1929, Amsterdam, Neth. Dutch conductor. Originally a violinist, he first performed with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956. From 1961 to 1988 he was its ...
haj or hajj also hadj (hăj) n. Islam pl. haj·es or hajj·es also hadj·es A pilgrimage to Mecca during Dhu’l Hijja, made as an objective of the religious life of a ...
Ḥajar, al-
▪ mountains, Arabia       mountain chain in northern Oman, paralleling the coast of the Gulf of Oman and stretching in an arc southeastward from the Musandam Peninsula ...
▪ county, Hungary  megye (county), eastern Hungary. It is bordered by the county of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg to the north, by Romania to the east, and by the counties of ...
Hajek, Igor
▪ 1996       Czech writer, translator, teacher, and foreign literary editor, 1964-69, of the radical Czechoslovak Writers' Union's Literarni Noviny (b. March 22, ...
Hajek, Jiri
▪ 1994       Czech politician (b. June 6, 1913, Krhanice, Czech.—d. Oct. 22, 1993, Prague, Czech Republic), was forced from office as a Communist Party official during ...
/haj"ee/, n., pl. hajis. hajji. * * *
haji ware
▪ pottery       Japanese earthenware developed in the 4th century AD (during the Tumulus period) from the Yayoi ware of the preceding period. Great amounts of this ...
Haji, Raja
▪ Malaysian statesman died June 1784, Malacca        Buginese soldier and statesman under whose leadership Buginese adventurers spread throughout the Malay Peninsula. ...
▪ Spanish and Egyptian official       in Muslim Spain and Mamlūk Egypt, a high government official. The term originally designated a chamberlain, but under the Spanish ...
▪ India       city, north-central Bihar state, northeastern India. Hajipur lies in the North Bihar Plains, which are part of the Middle Ganges (Ganga) Plain. It is ...
/haj/, n., pl. hajjes. the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in his or her lifetime: the fifth of the Pillars of Islam. Also, ...
Ḥajjāj (ibn Yūsuf al-Thaqafī), al-
born с 661, Al-Ṭāʾif, Hejaz, Arabian Peninsula died June 714, Al-Wāsiṭ, Iraq Provincial governor under the Umayyad dynasty (661–750), first in Mecca and then in ...
Ḥajjāj, al-
▪ Umayyad governor of Iraq in full  al-Ḥajjāj ibn Yūsuf ath-Thaqafī  born 661, aṭ-Ṭāʾif, Hejaz, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia] died June 714, Wāsiṭ, ...
/haj"ee/, n., pl. hajjis. 1. a Muslim who has gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca. 2. a Christian from Greece, Armenia, or any country of the Near East, who has visited the Holy ...
Hajós, Alfréd
▪ Hungarian athlete original name  Arnold Guttmann   born February 1, 1878, Budapest, Hungary died November 12, 1955       Hungarian swimmer who won three Olympic ...
ha·ka (häʹkä) n. A Maori war dance accompanied by chanting.   [Maori.] * * *
Seph. /hah kah fawt"/; Ashk. /hah'kaw fohs"/, n. Hebrew. a ceremony on Simhath Torah and on other occasions in which members of a synagogue congregation carry Torah scrolls ...
/hah"keuh pik'/, n. an implement used in seal hunting, consisting of an iron or steel hook, sometimes with a hammer opposite, mounted on a long wooden pole. [1975-80; < Norw ...
/hayk/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) hake, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) hakes. 1. any marine fish of the genus Merluccius, closely related to the cods, esp. M. ...
/hay"kee euh, hah"-/, n. any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Hakea, native to Australia, having evergreen, pinnate leaves and clusters of variously colored flowers. [ < ...
ha·keem (häʹkēm) n. Variant of hakim1. * * *
/hah"keuhn krddoyts'/, n., pl. Hakenkreuze /-krddoy'tseuh/, German. a swastika, esp. that used as the emblem of the Nazi party and the Third Reich. * * *
Seph. /khah khahm"/; Ashk. /haw"kheuhm/, n. Hebrew. 1. a wise and learned person; sage. 2. (among Sephardic Jews) a title given to a rabbi. Also, hakam. [hakham lit., wise] * * *
hakim1 /hah keem"/, n. (esp. in Muslim countries) 1. a wise or learned man. 2. a physician; doctor. Also, hakeem. [1575-85; < Ar hakim wise, wise man] hakim2 /hah"keem/, n. (in ...
/hah keem"/, n. a male given name. Also, Hakeem. * * *
Ḥākim, al-
▪ Fāṭimid caliph in full  Al-ḥākim Bi-amr Allāh (Arabic: “Ruler by God's Command”) , called by Druzes   Al-ḥākim Bi-amrih (“Ruler by His Own Command”) , ...
Ḥakīm, Tawfīq al-
▪ Egyptian author born Oct. 9, 1898, Alexandria, Egypt died July 26, 1987, Cairo       founder of contemporary Egyptian drama and a leading figure in modern Arabic ...
/hah"keuh/; Chin. /hahk"kah"/, n., pl. Hakkas, (esp. collectively) Hakka for 1. 1. a member of a Chinese people originally of northern China, now widely distributed throughout ...
Hakka language
▪ Chinese language       Chinese language (Chinese languages) spoken by considerably fewer than the estimated 80 million Hakka people (Hakka) living mainly in eastern ...
▪ Turkey formerly  Çölemerik        city, capital of Hakkâri il (province), southeastern Turkey. It lies at an altitude of about 5,500 feet (1,700 metres), ...
/hak"lit/, n. Richard, 1552?-1616, English geographer and editor of explorers' narratives. * * *
Hakluyt, Richard
born с 1552, London, Eng.? died Nov. 23, 1616, England British geographer. A clergyman, he gave public lectures and became the first professor of modern geography at the ...
Hak·luyt (hăkʹlo͞ot'), Richard. 1552?-1616. English geographer who published collected accounts of English exploratory voyages in Principal Navigations, Voyages, and ...
/hah"kaw dah"te/, n. a seaport on S Hokkaido, in N Japan. 320,152. * * * ▪ Japan       city, southern Hokkaido ken (prefecture), Japan, on the Tsugaru-kaikyō (Tsu ...
▪ Japan       town, Kanagawa ken (prefecture), south-central Honshu, Japan. It lies on the southern bank of Lake Ashino, in the caldera of the extinct volcano Mount ...
ha·ku (häʹko͞o) n. Hawaii A crown made of fresh flowers.   [Hawaiian, from haku, to put in order, make a wreath.] * * *
or Hakuin Ekaku born Jan. 19, 1686, Hara Suruga province, Japan died Jan. 18, 1769, Hara Japanese priest and artist who helped revive the Rinzai Zen sect. After joining the ...
Hakulinen, Veikko
▪ Finnish skier in full  Veikko Johannes Hakulinen   born Dec. 14, 1925, Finland died Oct. 24, 2003, Valkeakoski       Finnish cross-country skier who earned seven ...
/hal/, n. a male given name, form of Harold. Chem. halogen. * * * In Sufism, a state of mind reached from time to time by mystics during their journey toward God. The aḥwāl ...
Hal Roach
➡ Roach * * *
var. of halo- before a vowel: halite. * * *
Ḥalabī, al-
▪ Muslim theologian [1460-1549] byname of  Burhān Ad-dīn Ibrāhīm Ibn Muḥammad Ibn Ibrāhīm   born c. 1460, , Ḥalab, Mamlūk Sultanate [now Aleppo, Syria] died ...
/hah law"kheuh/; Seph. Heb. /hah lah khah"/; Ashk. Heb. /hah'law khaw"/, n., pl. Halachas, Heb. Halachoth, Halachot, Halachos Seph. /-lah khawt"/; Ashk. /-law khohs"/. (often ...
/hah law"kheuh/; Seph. Heb. /hah lah khah"/; Ashk. Heb. /hah'law khaw"/, n., pl. Halachahs, Heb. Halachoth, Halachot, Halachos Seph. /-lah khawt"/; Ashk. /-law khohs"/. (often ...
/hah"leuh kist, heuh lah"-, heuh lak"ist/, n. halakhist. * * *
Ḥalaf, Tall
▪ archaeological site, Syria also spelled  Tell Halaf,         archaeological site of ancient Mesopotamia, on the headwaters of the Khābur River near modern Raʾs ...
/heuh lah"fee euhn/, adj. 1. of or belonging to the Neolithic culture chiefly of northern Syria, dating to the fifth millennium B.C. and characterized by adobe dwellings and ...
—Halakic /heuh lah"khik, -lak"ik/, adj. /hah law"kheuh/; Seph. Heb. /hah lah khah"/; Ashk. Heb. /hah'law khaw"/, n., pl. Halakahs, Heb. Halakoth, Halakot, Halakos Seph. /-lah ...
Halakha or Halacha [hä΄lä khä′, hä΄läkä′; hə lä′khə, hə lä′kə] n. pl. Halakhot, Halachot [hä΄läshōt′, hə lä′khōt′, hä΄läkōt′, hə ...
—Halakhic /heuh lah"khik, -lak"ik/, adj. /hah law"kheuh/; Seph. Heb. /hah lah khah"/; Ashk. Heb. /hah'law khaw"/, n., pl. Halakhahs, Heb. Halakhoth, Halakhot, Halakhos Seph. ...
/hah"leuh kist, heuh lah"-, heuh lak"ist/, n. 1. one of the writers or compilers of the Halakhah. 2. a person who is versed in the Halakhah. Also, halakist, halachist. [1880-85; ...
See Halacha. * * *
/heuh lahl"/, adj. 1. (of an animal or its meat) slaughtered or prepared in the manner prescribed by Islamic law. 2. of or pertaining to halal meat: a halal butcher. n. 3. a ...
/heuh lah"leuh/, n., pl. halala, halalas. a bronze coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, the 100th part of a riyal. [ < Ar halalah] * * *
/heuh lah"leuh/, n., pl. halalah, halalahs. halala. * * *
Halang language
also called  Haleng, Alang, Koyong, or Selong,         language spoken chiefly in the central highlands of south-central Vietnam near Kon Tum. The number of speakers in ...
/hal"euhs/, n. George Stanley, 1895-1983, U.S. football coach and team owner. * * *
Halas, George
▪ American sportsman in full  George Stanley Halas , byname  Papa Bear  born February 2, 1895, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. died October 31, 1983, Chicago       founder, ...
Halas, George (Stanley)
born Feb. 2, 1895, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Oct. 31, 1983, Chicago U.S. gridiron football coach and team owner. He graduated from the University of Illinois and briefly played ...
Halas, John
▪ 1996       British motion-picture animator and producer (b. April 16, 1912, Budapest, Hung.—d. Jan. 20/21, 1995, London, England), was, with his wife, Joy Batchelor ...
Halas, John; and Batchelor, Joy
▪ British directors Respectively,   born April 16, 1912, Budapest, Hungary died Jan. 20/21, 1995, London, England born May 12, 1914, Watford, Hertfordshire, England died May ...
Halas,George Stanley
Hal·as (hălʹəs), George Stanley. 1895-1983. American football player (1922-1929) and coach (intermittently between 1922 and 1967) who revolutionized the sport with his ...
/hay lay"sheuhn, ha-/, n. Photog. a blurred effect around the edges of highlight areas in a photographic image caused by reflection and scattering of light through the emulsion ...
/hah'leuh vah"/, n. halvah. * * *
Halawa Valley
▪ valley, Hawaii, United States       valley, northeastern Molokai island, Hawaii, U.S. On the northeastern flank of Kamakou summit (4,961 feet [1,512 metres]), it is ...
/ha lay"zeuh pam'/, n. Pharm. a derivative of benzodiazepine, C17H12ClF3N2O, used for management of anxiety disorders. [HAL- + (DI)AZEPAM] * * *
/hal"euh zohn'/, n. a white crystalline powder, C7H5Cl2NO4S, having a strong chlorinelike odor, used to disinfect water. [HAL- + AZ- + -ONE] * * *
/hal"beuhrd, hawl"-, hol"-/; formerly /haw"beuhrd/, n. a shafted weapon with an axlike cutting blade, beak, and apical spike, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries. Also, ...
/hal'beuhr dear"/, n. a soldier, guard, or attendant armed with a halberd. [1540-50; < MF hallebardier. See HALBERD, -IER2] * * *
▪ Germany       city, Saxony-Anhalt Land (state), central Germany, on the Holtemme River in the foreland of the northern Harz mountains, southwest of Magdeburg. It ...
/hal"beuhr stam'/, n. David, born 1934, U.S. writer. * * *
Halberstam, David
▪ 2008       American journalist and author born April 10, 1934 , New York, N.Y. died April 23, 2007 , Menlo Park, Calif. received a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his ...

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