What does head mean?

Definitions for head

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word head.

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"


  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

  30. Origin: [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. hefod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. hfu, Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. Chief, Cadet, Capital), and its origin is unknown.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Head

    hed, n. the uppermost or foremost part of an animal's body: the brain: the understanding: a chief or leader: the place of honour or command: the front or top of anything: an individual animal or person: a topic or chief point of a discourse: a title, heading: the source or spring: height of the source of water: highest point of anything: culmination: a cape: strength: a froth on beer, porter, &c., when poured into a glass.—v.t. to act as a head to, to lead or govern: to go in front of: to commence: to check: (naut.) to be contrary: (obs.) to behead.—v.i. to grow to a head: to originate: to go head foremost.—n. Head′ache, an internal pain in the head.—adj. Head′achy, afflicted with headaches.—ns. Head′band, a band or fillet for the head: the band at each end of a book: a thin slip of iron on the tympan of a printing-press; Head′-block, in a sawmill carriage, a cross-block on which the head of the log rests: a piece of wood in a carriage, connected with the spring and the perches, and joining the fore-gear and the hind-gear; Head′-board, a board placed at the head of anything, esp. a bedstead; Head′-boom, a jib-boom or a flying jib-boom; Head′bor′ough, an old term for the head of a borough, the chief of a frank pledge, tithing, or decennary; Head′-boy, the senior boy in a public school; Head′chair, a high-backed chair with a rest for the head; Head′-cheese, pork-cheese, brawn; Head′-chute, a canvas tube used to convey refuse matter from a ship's bows down to the water; Head′-cloth, a piece of cloth covering the head, wound round a turban, &c.; Head′-dress, an ornamental dress or covering for the head, worn by women.—p.adj. Head′ed, having a head: (Shak.) come to a head.—ns. Head′er, one who puts a head on something: a dive, head foremost, into water: a brick laid lengthwise along the thickness of a wall, serving as a bond: a heavy stone extending through the thickness of a wall; Head′-fast, a rope at the bows of a ship used to fasten it to a wharf, &c.; Head′-frame, the structure over a mine-shaft supporting the head-gear or winding machinery; Head′-gear, gear, covering, or ornament of the head; Head′-hunt′ing, the practice among the Dyaks of Borneo, &c., of making raids to procure human heads for trophies, &c.—adv. Head′ily.—ns. Head′iness; Head′ing, the act of furnishing with a head; that which stands at the head: material forming a head; Head′land, a point of land running out into the sea: a cape.—adj. Head′less, without a head.—ns. Head′-light, a light carried in front of a vessel, locomotive, or vehicle, as a signal, or for light; Head′-line, the line at the head or top of a page containing the folio or number of the page: (pl.) the sails and ropes next the yards (naut.).—adv.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. head

    The upper part or end of anything, as a mast-head, a timber-head. Also, an ornamental figure on a ship's stem expressive of her name, or emblematical of her object, &c. (See BILLET-HEAD, BUST-HEAD, FAMILY-HEAD, FIDDLE-HEAD, FIGURE-HEAD, SCROLL-HEAD, &c.) Also, in a more enlarged sense, the whole fore-part of a ship, including the bows on each side; the head therefore opens the column of water through which the ship passes when advancing; hence we say, head-way, head-sails, head-sea, &c. It is evident that the fore-part of a ship is called its head, from its analogy to that of a fish, or any animal while swimming. Also, in a confined sense, to that part on each side of the stem outside the bows proper which is appropriated to the use of the sailors for wringing swabs, or any wet jobs, for no wet is permitted in-board after the decks are dried. Also, hydrographically, the upper part of a gulf, bay, or creek.--By the head, the state of a ship which, by her lading, draws more water forward than aft. This may be remedied without reference to cargo in ships-of-war, by shifting shot, guns, &c. Vessels by the head are frequently uneasy, gripe and pitch more than when by the stern.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. head

    In gunnery, the fore part of the cheeks of a gun or howitzer carriage. To head, is to lead on, or be the leader of a party. Head of a work, in fortification, is the front next to the enemy, and farthest from the place; as the front of a horn-work is the distance between the flanked angles of the demi-bastions. The head of a double tenaille is the salient angle in the centre and the two other sides which form the re-entering angles. Head of an army, or body of men, is the front, whether drawn up in lines or on a march, in column, etc. Head of a camp, is the ground before which an army is drawn up.

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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

Anagrams for head »

  1. DHEA, hade

  2. hade

  3. DHEA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of head in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of head in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of head in a Sentence

  1. Olai Uludong:

    Our head is above water.

  2. Sarah Palin:

    And if I were head of that.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Your head is a lit chamber.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Who knows what was in my head.

  5. Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger:

    We're trying to get a head count.

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