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Definitions of head

  1. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"; " the boss man"; " the chief executive"; " head librarian"; " top administrators"
  2. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; " his mind wandered"; " I couldn't get his words out of my head"
  3. a dense clusters of flowers or foliage; " a head of cauliflower"; " a head of lettuce"
  4. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains; " he stuck his head out the window"
  5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  6. a person who is in charge; " the head of the whole operation"
  7. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
  8. the part in the front or nearest the viewer; " he was in the forefront"; " he was at the head of the column"
  9. the source of water from which a stream arises; " they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
  10. oral- genital stimulation; " they say he gives good head"
  11. a single domestic animal; " 200 head of cattle"
  12. a projection out from one end; " the head of the nail", " a pinhead is the head of a pin"
  13. a toilet on board a boat or ship
  14. the striking part of a tool; " the head of the hammer"
  15. ( usually plural) an obverse side of a coin that bears the representation of a person's head; " call heads or tails!"
  16. ( computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
  17. that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
  18. the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; " the head of the humerus"
  19. ( grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
  20. the educator who has executive authority for a school; " she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
  21. ( grammar) of a word in a phrase; the word playing the same grammatical role in the sentence that the phrase itself plays; " the head noun in the phrase ` fresh fish' is ` fish, ' which is the direct object in the sentence ` I bought fresh fish'"
  22. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; " the heading seemed to have little to do with the text"
  23. forward movement; " the ship made little headway against the gale"
  24. a difficult juncture; " a pretty pass"; " matters came to a head yesterday"
  25. a V- shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; " the point of the arrow was due north"
  26. the subject matter at issue; " the question of disease merits serious discussion"; " under the head of minor Roman poets"
  27. ( nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
  28. the front of a military formation or procession; " the head of the column advanced boldly"; " they were at the head of the attack"
  29. the top of something; " the head of the stairs"; " the head of the page"; " the head of the list"
  30. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container; " the beer had a large head of foam"
  31. a rounded compact mass; " the head of a comet"
  32. a user of ( usually soft) drugs; " the office was full of secret heads"
  33. an individual person; " tickets are $ 5 per head"
  34. the pressure exerted by a fluid; " a head of steam"
  35. the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head; " he is two heads taller than his little sister"; " his horse won by a head"
  36. the tip of an abscess ( where the pus accumulates)
  37. remove the head of; " head the fish"
  38. to go or travel towards; " where is she heading"; " We were headed for the mountains"
  39. travel in front of; go in advance of others; " The procession was headed by John"
  40. be in charge of; " Who is heading this project?"
  41. form a head or come or grow to a head; " The wheat headed early this year"
  42. be in the front of or on top of; " The list was headed by the name of the president"
  43. be the first or leading member of ( a group) and excel; " This student heads the class"
  44. take its rise; " These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas"
  45. The anterior or superior part of an animal, containing the brain, or chief ganglia of the nervous system, the mouth, and in the higher animals, the chief sensory organs; poll; cephalon.
  46. The uppermost, foremost, or most important part of an inanimate object; such a part as may be considered to resemble the head of an animal; often, also, the larger, thicker, or heavier part or extremity, in distinction from the smaller or thinner part, or from the point or edge; as, the head of a cane, a nail, a spear, an ax, a mast, a sail, a ship; that which covers and closes the top or the end of a hollow vessel; as, the head of a cask or a steam boiler.
  47. The place where the head should go; as, the head of a bed, of a grave, etc.; the head of a carriage, that is, the hood which covers the head.
  48. The most prominent or important member of any organized body; the chief; the leader; as, the head of a college, a school, a church, a state, and the like.
  49. The place or honor, or of command; the most important or foremost position; the front; as, the head of the table; the head of a column of soldiers.
  50. The seat of the intellect; the brain; the understanding; the mental faculties; as, a good head, that is, a good mind; it never entered his head, it did not occur to him; of his own head, of his own thought or will.
  51. The source, fountain, spring, or beginning, as of a stream or river; as, the head of the Nile; hence, the altitude of the source, or the height of the surface, as of water, above a given place, as above an orifice at which it issues, and the pressure resulting from the height or from motion; sometimes also, the quantity in reserve; as, a mill or reservoir has a good head of water, or ten feet head; also, that part of a gulf or bay most remote from the outlet or the sea.
  52. A headland; a promontory; as, Gay Head.
  53. A separate part, or topic, of a discourse; a theme to be expanded; a subdivision; as, the heads of a sermon.
  54. Culminating point or crisis; hence, strength; force; height.
  55. Power; armed force.
  56. A headdress; a covering of the head; as, a laced head; a head of hair.
  57. An ear of wheat, barley, or of one of the other small cereals.
  58. A dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies, thistles; a capitulum.
  59. A dense, compact mass of leaves, as in a cabbage or a lettuce plant.
  60. The antlers of a deer.
  61. A rounded mass of foam which rises on a pot of beer or other effervescing liquor.
  62. Tiles laid at the eaves of a house.
  63. Principal; chief; leading; first; as, the head master of a school; the head man of a tribe; a head chorister; a head cook.
  64. To be at the head of; to put one's self at the head of; to lead; to direct; to act as leader to; as, to head an army, an expedition, or a riot.
  65. To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head; as, to head a nail.
  66. To behead; to decapitate.
  67. To cut off the top of; to lop off; as, to head trees.
  68. To go in front of; to get in the front of, so as to hinder or stop; to oppose; hence, to check or restrain; as, to head a drove of cattle; to head a person; the wind heads a ship.
  69. To set on the head; as, to head a cask.
  70. To originate; to spring; to have its source, as a river.
  71. To go or point in a certain direction; to tend; as, how does the ship head?
  72. To form a head; as, this kind of cabbage heads early.
  73. Each one among many; an individual; - often used in a plural sense; as, a thousand head of cattle.
  74. The uppermost part of the body of an animal containing the face, brain, etc.; the top part of a plant, as a cabbage; chief or principal part of anything; an individual; often used as a plural; as, a hundred head of cattle; commander; place of honor or authority; top; fore part; the intellect; principal topic; a division; origin or source; pitch; crisis or height; froth on liquor.
  75. Principal or chief; acting against the front; as, a head wind.
  76. To lead or direct; take the first place in; get in front of; direct the course of; oppose.
  77. To move forward; come to a climax.
  78. 1. Caput, the upper or anterior extremity of the animal body, containing the brain and the organs of sight, hearing, taste, and smell. 2. The upper, anterior, or larger extremity of any body or structure. 3. The proximal extremity of a bone, that which is nearer the cerebrospinal axis. 4. That end of a muscle which is attached to the more fixed part of the skeleton.
  79. Round body above the neck. The upper portion of a part.
  80. The uppermost or foremost part of an animal's body: the brain: the understanding: a chief or leader: the place of honor or command: the front: an individual: a topic or chief point of a discourse: the source or spring: height of the source of water: highest point of anything: a cape: strength.
  81. To act as a head to, to lead or govern: to go in front of: to commence: to check: ( naut.) to be contrary.
  82. To grow to a head: to originate.
  83. To lead; go in front of; check.
  84. To originate.
  85. Upper part of the body, containing the brain and organs of special sense; intelligence; chief; front; place of honor; point of a discourse, & c.; source; highest point; cluster of leaves; spike of grain; knob.
  86. Chief; principal.
  87. To be at the head of; lead.
  88. To be or get ahead of; intercept.
  89. To move in a given direction; come to a head; originate.
  90. Being the head or at the head; chief.
  91. Bearing upon or against the head; as, a head wind.
  92. The part of the body containing the brain; also, something analogous to it; top: front; prow; ear of grain; title or division, as of a discourse.
  93. A chief, leader, or commander.
  94. A unit; as, a hundred head of sheep: used both as a singular and plural.
  95. Headway; freedom.
  96. Principal. Head and ears, wholly. Head and shoulders, by force; far.
  97. The uppermost or the foremost part of the body of an animal; an individual; a chief or leader; the place of honour or command; countenance; brain; understanding; spontaneous will or resolution; fore part; top; source; height; pitch; topic of discourse.
  98. To lead; to act as leader to; to go infront of; to furnish with a head; to oppose.
  99. To form a head.
  100. The uppermost part of the body containing the face, & c.; a chief person; the chief or principal part of anything; a leader; understanding or mind; a title or heading; source of a stream; the top part; the forepart, as of a ship; chief place, as head of affairs; division of a discourse; crisis or height, as to bring or come to a head.
  101. To act as a leader to; to fit or furnish with a head; to top off; to form a head; to go in front of; to oppose; to restrain.
  102. The anterior part of a vertebrate body containing the brain, skull, eyes, ears, etc.; the anterior end of most invertebrate animals containing the cerebral ganglia; the antlers of deer; the top of a plant when it consists of a mass of leaves; a compact inflorescence.
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Usage examples for head

  1. I-" She shook her head – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  2. " This has put it out of my head – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  3. She turned her head and looked at him. – Vera by Elisabeth von Arnim
  4. Circe shook her head – The Giants From Outer Space by Geoff St. Reynard
  5. Sheriff Johnson shook his head – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
  6. Head a little more that way. – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  7. But don't let it go to your head – The Heart's Kingdom by Maria Thompson Daviess
  8. The Ingilby Boar's Head – Old Church Lore by William Andrews
  9. I shall never hold up my head again. – Plays: Lady Frederick, The Explorer, A Man of Honor by William Somerset Maugham
  10. He's head over like the rest of us. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  11. Where could he put the head – Sidonia The Sorceress V1 by William Mienhold
  12. You have a very good head – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  13. My head full of business, but pretty good content. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  14. Old Mother Nature shook her head – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  15. Then she turned her head away. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. Up went Worth's head – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  17. Manners shook his head – Aladdin O'Brien by Gouverneur Morris
  18. But I'm afraid of your head just as I always was of your father's. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  19. Again she slowly shook her head – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. I said you had a great head – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
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