Definitions for headhɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the anterior or upper part of the vertebrate body, containing the skull with mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and brain.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. the corresponding part of the body in invertebrates.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the head considered as the center of the intellect; mind; brain:

    a good head for mathematics.

  4. the position or place of leadership, greatest authority, or honor.

  5. a person to whom others are subordinate, as the director of an institution; leader or chief.

  6. a person considered with reference to his or her mind, attributes, status, etc.:

    wise heads; crowned heads.

  7. the part of anything that forms or is regarded as forming the top or upper end:

    head of a pin; head of a page.

  8. the foremost part or front end of something or a forward projecting part:

    head of a procession.

  9. the part of a weapon, tool, etc., used for striking:

    the head of a hammer.

  10. a person or animal considered as one of a number, herd, or group:

    a dinner at $20 a head; ten head of cattle.

  11. the approximate length of a horse's head, as indicating a margin of victory in a race.

    Category: Sport

  12. a culminating point, usu. of a critical nature; crisis or climax:

    to bring matters to a head.

  13. froth or foam at the top of a liquid:

    the head on beer.

  14. any dense flower cluster or inflorescence. any other compact part of a plant, usu. at the top of the stem, as that composed of leaves in the cabbage.

    Category: Botany

  15. the maturated part of an abscess, boil, etc.

    Category: Pathology

  16. a projecting point of a coast, esp. when high, as a cape, headland, or promontory.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  17. Category: Numismatics

    Ref: Also, heads.; (opposed to tail ).

  18. one of the chief parts or points of a written or oral discourse.

    Category: Rhetoric

  19. something resembling a head in form or a representation of a head, as a piece of sculpture.

  20. the source of a river or stream.

  21. Slang. a habitual user of an illicit drug (often used in combination): a fan or devotee (usu. used in combination):

    an acid-head; a pothead.

    a punk-rock head; a chili head.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pharmacology, Status (usage)

  22. heads, alcohol produced during the initial fermentation.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  23. Category: Journalism

    Ref: headline.

  24. a toilet or lavatory, esp. on a boat or ship.

  25. the forepart of a vessel; bow. the upper edge of a quadrilateral sail. the upper corner of a jib-headed sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  26. Gram. the member of an endocentric construction that can play the same grammatical role as the construction itself. the member of a construction upon which another member depends and to which it is subordinate.

    Category: Grammar

  27. the stretched membrane covering the end of a drum or similar musical instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

  28. a level or road driven into solid coal for proving or working a mine.

    Category: Mining

  29. any of various devices on machine tools for holding, moving, indexing, or changing tools or work, as the headstock or turret of a lathe.

    Category: Machinery

  30. (loosely) the pressure exerted by confined fluid:

    a head of steam.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  31. the vertical distance between two points in a liquid, as water, or some other fluid. the pressure differential resulting from this separation, expressed in terms of the vertical distance between the points.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  32. any of the parts of a tape recorder that record, play back, or erase magnetic signals on audiotape or videotape.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

  33. (adj.)first in rank or position; chief; leading; principal:

    a head official.

  34. of or for the head (often used in combination):

    head covering; headgear.

  35. situated at the top, front, or head of anything (often used in combination):

    headline; headboard.

  36. moving or coming from a direction in front, as of a vessel:

    head tide.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  37. Slang. of or pertaining to drugs, drug paraphernalia, or drug users.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  38. (v.t.)to go at the head of or in front of; lead:

    to head a list.

  39. to outdo or excel:

    to head one's competitors in a field.

  40. to be the head or chief of (sometimes fol. by up):

    to head a school.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  41. to direct the course of; turn the head or front of in a specified direction:

    I'll head the boat for the shore.

  42. to go around the head of (a stream).

  43. to furnish or fit with a head.

  44. to take the head off; decapitate; behead.

  45. to get in front of in order to stop, turn aside, attack, etc.

  46. Ref: headline (def. 4). 4

  47. to propel (a soccer ball) by striking it with the head, esp. with the forehead.

    Category: Sport

  48. (v.i.)to move forward toward a point specified; go in a certain direction:

    to head toward town.

  49. to form a head:

    Cabbage heads quickly.

  50. (of a river or stream) to have the head or source where specified.

  51. head off, to hinder the progress of; intercept.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for head:

  1. come to a head, to suppurate, as a boil. to reach a crisis; culminate.

    Category: Idiom

  2. get one's head together,to get oneself under control; become sensible.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

  3. give someone his or her head,to allow someone freedom of choice.

    Category: Idiom

  4. go to one's head, to overcome one with exhilaration, dizzyness, or intoxication. to fill one with conceit.

    Category: Idiom

  5. hang or hide one's head,to manifest shame.

    Category: Idiom

  6. head and shoulders, by an impressively great amount:

    head and shoulders above the rest in talent.

    Category: Idiom

  7. head over heels, headlong, as in a somersault. intensely; completely: impulsively; carelessly:

    head over heels in love.

    They plunged head over heels into the fighting.

    Category: Idiom

  8. head to head,in direct opposition or competition.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

  9. keep one's head,to remain calm and effective.

    Category: Idiom

  10. lay or put heads together,to meet in order to discuss, consult, or scheme.

    Category: Idiom

  11. lose one's head,to become uncontrolled or wildly excited.

    Category: Idiom

  12. make head(s) or tail(s) of,to understand or interpret to even a small extent (often used in the negative).

    Category: Idiom

  13. make heads roll,to dismiss numbers of employees or subordinates.

    Category: Idiom

  14. on one's head,as one's responsibility or fault.

    Category: Idiom

  15. out of one's head or mind, insane; crazy. delirious; irrational.

    Category: Idiom

  16. over one's head, beyond one's comprehension, ability, or resources.

    Category: Idiom

  17. turn someone's head, to make someone smug or conceited. to confuse someone.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of head:

bef. 900; ME he(v)ed, OE hēafod, c. OS hōbid, OHG houbit, ON haufuth; akin to ON hǫfoth, L caput


  1. a noun suffix of state or condition (godhead; maidenhead), occurring in words now mostly archaic or obsolete, many being superseded by forms in -hood .

    Category: Affix

Origin of -head:

ME -hede, OE *-hǣdu, akin to -hād -hood


  1. Bessie,1937–86, South African novelist.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. head, caput(noun)

    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"

  2. head(noun)

    a single domestic animal

    "200 head of cattle"

  3. mind, head, brain, psyche, nous(noun)

    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"

  4. head, chief, top dog(noun)

    a person who is in charge

    "the head of the whole operation"

  5. head(noun)

    the front of a military formation or procession

    "the head of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of the attack"

  6. head(noun)

    the pressure exerted by a fluid

    "a head of steam"

  7. head(noun)

    the top of something

    "the head of the stairs"; "the head of the page"; "the head of the list"

  8. fountainhead, headspring, head(noun)

    the source of water from which a stream arises

    "they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"

  9. head, head word(noun)

    (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

  10. head(noun)

    the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

  11. head(noun)

    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"

  12. capitulum, head(noun)

    a dense cluster of flowers or foliage

    "a head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"

  13. principal, school principal, head teacher, head(noun)

    the educator who has executive authority for a school

    "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"

  14. head(noun)

    an individual person

    "tickets are $5 per head"

  15. head(noun)

    a user of (usually soft) drugs

    "the office was full of secret heads"

  16. promontory, headland, head, foreland(noun)

    a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

  17. head(noun)

    a rounded compact mass

    "the head of a comet"

  18. head(noun)

    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"

  19. forefront, head(noun)

    the part in the front or nearest the viewer

    "he was in the forefront"; "he was at the head of the column"

  20. pass, head, straits(noun)

    a difficult juncture

    "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"

  21. headway, head(noun)

    forward movement

    "the ship made little headway against the gale"

  22. point, head(noun)

    a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

    "the point of the arrow was due north"

  23. question, head(noun)

    the subject matter at issue

    "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"

  24. heading, header, head(noun)

    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"

  25. head(noun)

    the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

    "the head of the humerus"

  26. head(noun)

    that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves

  27. read/write head, head(noun)

    (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk

  28. head(noun)

    (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head

    "call heads or tails!"

  29. head(noun)

    the striking part of a tool

    "the head of the hammer"

  30. head(noun)

    (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

  31. head(noun)

    a projection out from one end

    "the head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"

  32. drumhead, head(noun)

    a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

  33. oral sex, head(verb)

    oral stimulation of the genitals

    "they say he gives good head"

  34. head(verb)

    to go or travel towards

    "where is she heading"; "We were headed for the mountains"

  35. head, lead(verb)

    be in charge of

    "Who is heading this project?"

  36. lead, head(verb)

    travel in front of; go in advance of others

    "The procession was headed by John"

  37. head, head up(verb)

    be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

    "This student heads the class"

  38. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise(verb)

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  39. head(verb)

    take its rise

    "These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas"

  40. head(verb)

    be in the front of or on top of

    "The list was headed by the name of the president"

  41. head(verb)

    form a head or come or grow to a head

    "The wheat headed early this year"

  42. head(verb)

    remove the head of

    "head the fish"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. head(noun)ɛd

    the top part of your body that has your eyes, nose and mouth on it

    I bumped my head.

  2. headɛd

    to move your head from side to side to mean "no"

  3. headɛd

    to move your head up and down to mean "yes"

  4. headɛd

    sb's mind

    a voice in my head telling me to stop

  5. headɛd

    a boss or leader

    He's head of the European branch.; the head of the family

  6. headɛd

    the top or front of

    the head of a pin; at the head of the page

  7. headɛd

    the side of a coin with a picture of a head on it

  8. headɛd

    (of a bad situation) to become so bad that it must be dealt with

    when racial tensions finally came to a head

  9. headɛd

    to be too difficult for sb to understand

    Most of his jokes go right over my head.

  10. headɛd

    to make sb too proud

    His recent wins have gone to his head.

  11. headɛd

    very much in love

    They're head over heels in love.

  12. headɛd

    to stay calm

    As a soldier, you have to keep your head.

  13. head(verb)ɛd

    to travel in a particular direction

    Head south on Route 85.; Let's head back to the campsite.

  14. headɛd

    to be the leader or in the top position

    The company is headed by a former baseball star.

  15. headɛd

    to hit a ball with your head

    He headed the ball into the back of the net.


  1. head(Noun)

    The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth and main sense organs.

    Be careful when you pet that dog on the head; it may bite.

  2. head(Noun)

    Mental or emotional aptitude or skill.

  3. head(Noun)

    Mind; one's own thoughts.

    This song keeps going through my head.

  4. head(Noun)

    The topmost, foremost, or leading part.

    What does it say on the head of the page?

  5. head(Noun)

    The end of a rectangular table furthest from the entrance; traditionally considered a seat of honor.

    During meetings, the supervisor usually sits at the head of the table.

  6. head(Noun)

    The end of a pool table opposite the end where the balls have been racked.

  7. head(Noun)

    The principal operative part of a simple machine or tool.

  8. head(Noun)

    The source of a river; the end of a lake where a river flows into it.

    The expedition followed the river all the way to the head.

  9. head(Noun)

    The front, as of a queue.

    Because you got them all right, you can go to the head.

  10. head(Verb)

    To be in command of. - see also head up

    Who heads the board of trustees?

  11. head(Verb)

    To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball

  12. head(Verb)

    To move in a specified direction. heading towards something

  13. head(Verb)

    To remove the head from a fish.

    The salmon are first headed and then scaled.

  14. head(Noun)

    Headway; progress.

    We are having a difficult time making head against this wind.

  15. head(Noun)

    The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages.

    Pour me a fresh beer; this one has no head.

  16. head(Noun)

    Leader; chief; mastermind.

  17. head(Noun)

    A headmaster or headmistress.

    I was called into the head's office to discuss my behaviour.

  18. head(Noun)

    A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.

  19. head(Noun)

    A clump of leaves or flowers; a capitulum.

    Give me a head of lettuce.

  20. head(Noun)

    The rounded part of a bone fitting into a depression in another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.

  21. head(Noun)

    An individual person.

    Admission is three dollars a head.

  22. head(Noun)

    A single animal.

  23. head(Noun)

    The population of game.

  24. head(Noun)

    Topic; subject.

    We will consider performance issues under the head of future improvements.

  25. head(Noun)

    A morpheme that determines the category of a compound or the word that determines the syntactic type of the phrase of which it is a member.

  26. head(Noun)

    The principal melody or theme of a piece.

  27. head(Noun)

    Deposits near the top of a geological succession.

  28. head(Noun)

    The end of an abscess where pus collects.

  29. head(Noun)

    denouement; crisis

    These isses are going to come to a head today.

  30. head(Noun)

    A machine element which reads or writes electromagnetic signals to or from a storage medium.

    The heads of your tape player need to be cleaned.

  31. head(Noun)

    The headstock of a guitar.

  32. head(Noun)

    A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound.

    Tap the head of the drum for this roll.

  33. head(Noun)

    The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.

  34. head(Noun)

    The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an internal combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs.

  35. head(Noun)

    A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head.

    Let the engine build up a good head of steam.

  36. head(Noun)

    The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point.

  37. head(Noun)

    More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.

  38. head(Noun)

    The top edge of a sail.

  39. head(Noun)

    The bow of a nautical vessel.

  40. head(Noun)

    The toilet of a ship.

    I've got to go to the head.

  41. head(Noun)

    Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral sex.

    She gave great head.

  42. head(Noun)

    The glans penis.

  43. head(Noun)

    A heavy or habitual user of illicit drugs.

  44. head(Noun)

    A headland.

  45. head(Noun)

    The part of hard drives responsible for reading and writing data.

  46. head(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or intended for the head.

  47. head(Adjective)

    Foremost in rank or importance.

    The head cook.

  48. head(Adjective)

    Placed at the top or the front.

  49. head(Adjective)

    Coming from in front.

  50. Head(ProperNoun)

    , from residence near a hilltop or the head of a river, or a byname for someone with an odd-looking head.

  51. head(Noun)

    Plural form of vertebra.

  52. head(Noun)

    Plural form of idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Head(noun)

    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

  2. Head(noun)

    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

  3. Head(noun)

    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

  4. Head(noun)

    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

  5. Head(noun)

    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

  6. Head(noun)

    each one among many; an individual; -- often used in a plural sense; as, a thousand head of cattle

  7. Head(noun)

    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

  8. Head(noun)

    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

  9. Head(noun)

    a headland; a promontory; as, Gay Head

  10. Head(noun)

    a separate part, or topic, of a discourse; a theme to be expanded; a subdivision; as, the heads of a sermon

  11. Head(noun)

    culminating point or crisis; hence, strength; force; height

  12. Head(noun)

    power; armed force

  13. Head(noun)

    a headdress; a covering of the head; as, a laced head; a head of hair

  14. Head(noun)

    an ear of wheat, barley, or of one of the other small cereals

  15. Head(noun)

    a dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies, thistles; a capitulum

  16. Head(noun)

    a dense, compact mass of leaves, as in a cabbage or a lettuce plant

  17. Head(noun)

    the antlers of a deer

  18. Head(noun)

    a rounded mass of foam which rises on a pot of beer or other effervescing liquor

  19. Head(noun)

    tiles laid at the eaves of a house

  20. Head(adj)

    principal; chief; leading; first; as, the head master of a school; the head man of a tribe; a head chorister; a head cook

  21. Head(verb)

    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

  22. Head(verb)

    to form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head; as, to head a nail

  23. Head(verb)

    to behead; to decapitate

  24. Head(verb)

    to cut off the top of; to lop off; as, to head trees

  25. Head(verb)

    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

  26. Head(verb)

    to set on the head; as, to head a cask

  27. Head(verb)

    to originate; to spring; to have its source, as a river

  28. Head(verb)

    to go or point in a certain direction; to tend; as, how does the ship head?

  29. Head(verb)

    to form a head; as, this kind of cabbage heads early


  1. Head

    In anatomy, the head of an animal is the rostral part that usually comprises the brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Some very simple animals may not have a head, but many bilaterally symmetric forms do. Heads develop in animals by an evolutionary trend known as cephalization. In bilaterally symmetrical animals, nerve tissues concentrate at the anterior region, forming structures responsible for information processing. Through biological evolution, sense organs and feeding structures also concentrate into the anterior region, which collectively form the head.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'head' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #230

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'head' in Written Corpus Frequency: #531

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'head' in Nouns Frequency: #38

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'head' in Verbs Frequency: #338

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'head' in Adjectives Frequency: #756

Translations for head

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the top part of the human body, containing the eyes, mouth, brain etc; the same part of an animal's body

The stone hit him on the head; He scratched his head in amazement.

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