eyebrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n eyebrow the arch of hair above each eye
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eyebrow hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds
    • n eyebrow The brow or hairy arch above the eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella
    • n eyebrow The brow, or prominence of parts, over the eye; a prominent superorbital formation; a superciliary ridge or shield. In man the bony basis of the eyebrow is the frontal bone along the upper margin of the orbits, made somewhat more prominent by the development of the frontal sinuses or hollows within the bone. (See cut under skull.) The projection, however, is slight in comparison with the beetling superorbital ridges of many animals, as the gorilla. In birds, and in many reptiles and fishes, the eyebrow is a separate formation of a bone, or chain of bones, along the upper edge of the orbit, whose nature is that of the lacrymal bone. These are known as superorbitals, or superorbital bones or ossicles. (See cut under Lepidosiren.) One such bone forms the movable superciliary shield of some birds, as eagles, projecting like the eaves of a roof over the eye. The eyebrows include the soft parts, as flesh and skin, which cover the bone. See supercilium.
    • n eyebrow A fringe of hairs growing on the brow of the eye; the supercilia. See cut under eye.
    • n eyebrow In ornithology, a superciliary streak of color.
    • n eyebrow In architecture, a molding over a window; a window-cap: in American usage, a light dormer without vertical sides sot in a roof.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies including their eyebrows and eyelashes
    • Eyebrow the hairy arch above the eye
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Quotations

  • Roger Moore
    Roger Moore
    “Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.”
  • Christian Slater
    Christian Slater
    “If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?”

Idioms

Raise eyebrows - If something raises eyebrows, it shocks or surprises people.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éage; cf. Goth. augo, Ger. auge, Dut. oog, Ice. auga.

Usage

In literature:

Then he looked at me with his eyebrow up.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
Lindsay's cup was at his lips, and his eyebrows went up over it as if they would answer before his voice was set at liberty.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Babbacombe's eyebrows went up.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
If your eyebrows meet, you will be rich.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Her eyebrows drew together, and she sighed.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The dark eyebrows of Madame almost met, and her eyes were full of the promise of evil things.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Her eyebrows went up; but he only said of course school girls never had smart frocks, and I must buy a few dresses at once.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Mrs. Mansfield fixed her blazing eyes on her daughter, slightly drawing down her gray eyebrows.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
His eyes were dark and bright, and his eyebrows were very full, and perfectly black.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Beneath his shaggy eyebrows, his eyes gleamed like coals of fire.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The steward raised his eyebrows.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Dr. Bruce Cairn swung around in his chair, lifting his heavy eyebrows interrogatively, as his son, Robert, entered the consulting-room.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
Sometimes a tiny frown drew his eyebrows together.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
The singer's expression must concern itself chiefly with the play of emotion around the eyes, eyebrows and forehead.
"Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing" by Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
There was something in the lazy lift of his eyebrows which maddened Arthur.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
Her hair was coarse, and came down nearly to her eyebrows.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
In less than a minute their hair and eyebrows were dripping.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Also there's something familiar about the bushy eyebrows and the lima bean ears.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
She had a hairpin in her mouth and returned the greeting with a slight lifting of eyebrows.
"Stubble" by George Looms
THE EYES AND EYEBROWS.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
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In poetry:

As for my comrades in camp and highway
That lift their eyebrows scornfully,
Tell them their way is not my way—
Tell them England hath taken me!
"Sir Richard's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
"Franko!" Ah, the mystery!
Up and down, around,
Looks Franko, searching gravely
Sky and trees and ground,
Wise wrinkles on the eyebrows!
Studying the sound.
"Dead You Speak?" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Grave wrinkles on his eyebrows,
Hand upon his knee,
Head bared for close reflection,
Lighted curls blown free,—
The child's soul to the brute's soul
Goes out earnestly.
"Dead You Speak?" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Let the song pay homage to the boy,
To his madness to his white eyebrows and to his passage,
To the decaying corpse, who opened his blue eyes.
Oh how sad is this reunion.
"Helian" by Georg Trakl
In fragments. In the dust, old men with tufted
Eyebrows whiter than sunbaked faces gulped
As it fell. But they no more than we remembered
The old sea-fights, the soldiers' names and sculptors'.
"The Return" by John Peale Bishop
Two black cows were lowing,
as it grew dark under the heavy clouds.
So with anxious, hurried steps,
the dark girl came from her hut.
Raising her eyebrows toward the sky,
she listened a moment to the clouds' rumble.
"Krishnakali" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

Topless Rally Raises Eyebrows, Questions.
The headline "Faithful religionists attack Atheists and other heretics" would hardly raise an eyebrow.
This is a day for a few eyebrow-raisers.
Lots of eyebrows are raised regarding the background of the woman who has signed on to moderate the Vice Presidential Debate this week.
An all-glass bathroom is raising eyebrows after opening in a downtown square in Texas.
An item in Monday's Strictly Business column about a hair show probably raised eyebrows with organizers.
Last time you were here, you made a little news and raised eyebrows by what you said.
New billboard ads posted at Metro-North Railroad stations in Connecticut are raising eyebrows of commuters and condemnation from area officials.
A local restaurant is raising eyebrows by raising its prices to $20 for a hot dog.
A Norwalk man remains behind bars, accused of nearly biting off neighbor's eyebrow.
A Norwalk man accused of nearly biting off his neighbor's eyebrow remains behind bars following Sunday's altercation.
When you go to the Kansas Humane Society, the difference between selecting one dog over another could be as simple as an eyebrow lift or wag of the tail.
Not an eyebrow was raised, which perhaps best sums it up.
Eyebrows Go Up as Auditors Branch Out.
Man Bites Off Neighbor's Eyebrow, Police Say.
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In science:

Today, such a postulate raises few eyebrows due to the Maldacena conjecture [4, 5] and subsequent works in the last decade.
On novel string theories from 4d gauge theories
One Dyson eyebrow may have moved up half a millimeter in response.
My Life with Fisher
And the “Mars face” looks rather different in images taken at different angles and resolutions (Neukum 2006), though the most easily deluded author still sees the bits of terrain that made up the nostrils, eyebrows, lips, and chin.
Astrophysics in 2006
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