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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headword, head wordnoun

    a content word that can be qualified by a modifier

  2. headwordnoun

    a word placed at the beginning of a line or paragraph (as in a dictionary entry)


  1. headwordnoun

    a word used as the title of a section, particularly in a dictionary, encyclopedia, or thesaurus

  2. headwordnoun

    any word which may be modified by an adjunct

    In "a very discerning car shopper", "shopper" is the headword.


  1. headword

    A headword is the word under which all related information is listed or categorized in reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries, or indexes. It's often considered the most important word in a phrase or sentence and is usually the subject of the entry.


  1. Headword

    A headword, head word, lemma, or sometimes catchword is the word under which a set of related dictionary or encyclopaedia entries appear. The headword is used to locate the entry, and dictates its alphabetical position. Depending on the size and nature of the dictionary or encyclopedia, the entry may include alternative meanings of the word, its etymology and pronunciation, compound words or phrases that contain the headword, and encyclopedic information about the concepts represented by the word. For example, the headword bread may contain the following definitions: ⁕A common food made from the combination of flour, water and yeast ⁕Money ⁕To coat in breadcrumbs The Academic Dictionary of Lithuanian contains around 500,000 headwords. The Oxford English Dictionary has around 273,000 headwords, while Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary has about 470,000. The Deutsches Wörterbuch, the largest lexicon of the German language, has around 330,000 headwords. These values are cited by the dictionary makers, and may not use exactly the same definition of a headword. In addition, headwords may not accurately reflect a dictionary's size. The OED and the DWB, for instance, include exhaustive historical reviews and exact citations from source documents not usually found in standard dictionaries.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of headword in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of headword in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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