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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headword, head wordnoun

    a content word that can be qualified by a modifier

  2. head, head wordnoun

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


  1. head word

    A head word, often referred to as a head, is the key word in a phrase or clause that determines the grammatical nature and semantic category of the phrase or clause. This is usually the word upon which all the other words in the phrase are dependent. It sets the formal characteristics of the overall expression, like gender, number, or case, and governs any necessary agreement within the structure.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of head word in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of head word in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6


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