Zinc whiskers (8) (tendrils that form on metal).



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.
    • 2011 May 14, Peter Scrivener, “Sunderland 1 - 3 Wolverhampton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Boosted by their reward, Wolves continued to push forward and Jamie O'Hara came within a whisker of doubling the lead, smashing a 25-yard effort on to the bar.
  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.

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