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Meaning of head by Wiktionary Dictionary

head


    Alternative forms

    • heed ( obsolete ), hed ( obsolete )

    Etymology

    From Middle English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Old English hēafod ( “head; top; source, origin; chief, leader; capital” ), from Proto-Germanic *haubudan ( “head” ), from Proto-Indo-European *káput ( “head” ), a variant of *kapōlo ( “head, bowl” ). Cognate with Scots heid, hede, hevid, heved ( “head” ), Old English hafola ( “head” ), North Frisian hood ( “head” ), Dutch hoofd ( “head” ), German Haupt ( “head” ), Swedish huvud ( “head” ), Icelandic höfuð ( “head” ), Latin caput ( “head” ), Sanskrit कपालः ( kapāla, “cup, bowl, skull” ), Hindi कपाल ( kapāl, “skull” ), and ( through borrowing from Sanskrit ) Japanese 骨 ( kawara, “a covering bone: kneecap, skull” ), 瓦 ( kawara, “a roof tile” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: hĕd, IPA: /hɛd/, X-SAMPA: /hEd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛd

    Noun

    body

    head ( countable and uncountable; plural: heads )

    1. ( countable ) 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. ( countable ) Mental or emotional aptitude or skill .
      The company is looking for people with good heads for business .
      He has no head for heights .
    3. ( countable ) Mind; one's own thoughts .
      This song keeps going through my head .
    4. ( countable ) The topmost, foremost, or leading part .
      What does it say on the head of the page?
    5. 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. ( billiards ) The end of a pool table opposite the end where the balls have been racked .
    7. ( countable ) The principal operative part of a simple machine or tool.
      1. The end of a hammer, axe, golf club, or similar implement used for striking other objects .
      2. The end of a nail, screw, bolt, or similar fastener which is opposite the point; usually blunt and relatively wide .
        Hit the nail on the head!
      3. The sharp end of an arrow, spear, or pointer .
        The head of the compass needle is pointing due north .
      4. ( lacrosse ) The top part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball .
    8. 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. ( Can we clean up( + ) this sense? ) The front, as of a queue .
      Because you got them all right, you can go to the head .
    10. Headway; progress .
      We are having a difficult time making head against this wind .
    11. The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages .
      Pour me a fresh beer; this one has no head .
    12. ( countable ) Leader; chief; mastermind .
      I'd like to speak to the head of the department .
      Police arrested the head of the gang in a raid last night .
    13. A headmaster or headmistress .
      I was called into the head's office to discuss my behaviour .
    14. A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.
    15. A clump of leaves or flowers; a capitulum .
      Give me a head of lettuce .
    16. ( anatomy ) The rounded part of a bone fitting into a depression in another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint .
    17. An individual person .
      Admission is three dollars a head .
    18. ( uncountable, measure word for livestock and game ) A single animal .
      200 head of cattle and 50 head of horses
      12 head of big cattle and 14 head of branded calves
      At five years of age this head of cattle is worth perhaps $40
      a reduction in the assessment per head of sheep
      they shot 20 head of quail
    19. The population of game .
      we have a heavy head of deer this year
      planting the hedges increased the head of quail and doves
    20. Topic; subject .
      We will consider performance issues under the head of future improvements .
    21. ( linguistics ) 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 .
    22. ( jazz ) The principal melody or theme of a piece .
    23. ( UK, geology ) Deposits near the top of a geological succession .
    24. ( medicine ) The end of an abscess where pus collects .
    25. ( uncountable ) denouement; crisis
      These isses are going to come to a head today .
    26. 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 .
    27. ( music ) The headstock of a guitar .
    28. ( music ) A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound .
      Tap the head of the drum for this roll .
    29. ( engineering ) The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel .
    30. ( automotive ) The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an internal combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs .
    31. A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head .
      Let the engine build up a good head of steam .
    32. ( fluid dynamics ) The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point .
    33. ( fluid dynamics ) More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight .
    34. ( nautical ) The top edge of a sail .
    35. ( nautical ) The bow of a nautical vessel .
    36. ( nautical ) The toilet of a ship .
      I've got to go to the head .
    37. ( uncountable, slang ) Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral sex .
      She gave great head .
    38. ( slang ) The glans penis .
    39. ( countable, slang ) A heavy or habitual user of illicit drugs.
    40. ( UK ) A headland .
    41. ( computing ) The part of hard drives responsible for reading and writing data .

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    Adjective

    head ( not comparable )

    1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head .
    2. Foremost in rank or importance .
      The head cook .
    3. Placed at the top or the front .
    4. Coming from in front .
      head sea
      head wind

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    Verb

    head ( third-person singular simple present heads present participle heading, simple past and past participle headed )

    1. ( transitive ) To be in command of. - see also head up
      Who heads the board of trustees?
    2. ( transitive ) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
    3. ( intransitive ) To move in a specified direction. heading towards something
      We are going to head up North for our holiday. We will head off tomorrow. Next holiday we will head out West, or head to Chicago. Right now I need to head into town to do some shopping .
      I'm fed up working for a boss. I'm going to head out on my own, set up my own business .
    4. ( fishing ) To remove the head from a fish .
      The salmon are first headed and then scaled .

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    -head

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/01/22 06:33 UTC Version )

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English -hêde, -hêd, attested from the 12th century, continuing a hypothetical Old English *-haedu, cognate to German -heit, from a Common Germanic suffix of condition or quality, *-haidu-z ( Gothic -haidus ). Originally restricted to adjectives, the suffix began to be attached to nouns as well from at least the 15th century, leading to confusion with the -hood suffix ( Old English -hád ), and finally to the wide replacement of -head by -hood even in adjectives .

    Suffix

    -head

    1. Used to create nouns indicating a state, similar to the suffix -hood .
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    Etymology 2

    Combining form of the noun head .

    Suffix

    -head

    1. Used to form ( usually derogatory ) words for people who regularly use a specified drug or other substance, such as alcohol, or who are addicted in some way .
    2. Used to form words to describe people who are fans of something, especially music .
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Explanation of head by Wordnet Dictionary

head


    Verb
    1. remove the head of

    2. head the fish
    3. direct the course

    4. to go or travel towards

    5. where is she heading
      We were headed for the mountains
    6. travel in front of

    7. The procession was headed by John
    8. be in charge of

    9. Who is heading this project?
    10. form a head or come or grow to a head

    11. The wheat headed early this year
    12. be in the front of or on top of

    13. The list was headed by the name of the president
    14. be the first or leading member of ( a group ) and excel

    15. This student heads the class
    16. take its rise

    17. These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas
    Noun
    1. oral stimulation of the genitals

    2. they say he gives good head
    3. a single domestic animal

    4. 200 head of cattle
    5. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

    6. a projection out from one end

    7. the head of the nail,
      a pinhead is the head of a pin
    8. a toilet on board a boat or ship

    9. the striking part of a tool

    10. the head of the hammer
    11. the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head

    12. call heads or tails!
    13. a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk

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

    15. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals

    16. he stuck his head out the window
    17. the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

    18. the head of the humerus
    19. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings

    20. I couldn't get his words out of my head
    21. the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

    22. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

    23. the heading seemed to have little to do with the text
    24. the subject matter at issue

    25. under the head of minor Roman poets
    26. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

    27. forward movement

    28. the ship made little headway against the gale
    29. a difficult juncture

    30. matters came to a head yesterday
    31. the front of a military formation or procession

    32. the head of the column advanced boldly
      they were at the head of the attack
    33. the source of water from which a stream arises

    34. they tracked him back toward the head of the stream
    35. the part in the front or nearest the viewer

    36. he was at the head of the column
    37. the top of something

    38. the head of the stairs
      the head of the page
      the head of the list
    39. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container

    40. the beer had a large head of foam


      Definition of head by GCIDE Dictionary

      head


      1. Feed n.
        1. That which is eaten; esp., food for beasts; fodder; pasture; hay; grain, ground or whole; as, “the best feed for sheep”.

        2. A grazing or pasture ground. Shak.

        3. An allowance of provender given to a horse, cow, etc.; a meal; as, “a feed of corn or oats”.

        4. A meal, or the act of eating. [R.]

        For such pleasure till that hour

        At feed or fountain never had I found. Milton.

        5. The water supplied to steam boilers.

        6. ( Mach. ) The motion, or act, of carrying forward the stuff to be operated upon, as cloth to the needle in a sewing machine; or of producing progressive operation upon any material or object in a machine, as, in a turning lathe, by moving the cutting tool along or in the work. The supply of material to a machine, as water to a steam boiler, coal to a furnace, or grain to a run of stones. The mechanism by which the action of feeding is produced; a feed motion.

        Feed bag, a nose bag containing feed for a horse or mule. -- Feed cloth, an apron for leading cotton, wool, or other fiber, into a machine, as for carding, etc. -- Feed door, a door to a furnace, by which to supply coal. -- Feed head. A cistern for feeding water by gravity to a steam boiler. ( Founding ) An excess of metal above a mold, which serves to render the casting more compact by its pressure; -- also called a riser, deadhead, or simply feed or head Knight. -- Feed heater. ( Steam Engine ) A vessel in which the feed water for the boiler is heated, usually by exhaust steam. A boiler or kettle in which is heated food for stock. -- Feed motion, or Feed gear ( Mach. ), the train of mechanism that gives motion to the part that directly produces the feed in a machine. -- Feed pipe, a pipe for supplying the boiler of a steam engine, etc., with water. -- Feed pump, a force pump for supplying water to a steam boiler, etc. -- Feed regulator, a device for graduating the operation of a feeder. Knight.
        -- Feed screw, in lathes, a long screw employed to impart a regular motion to a tool rest or tool, or to the work. -- Feed water, water supplied to a steam boiler, etc. -- Feed wheel ( Mach. ), a kind of feeder. See Feeder, n., 8.

      2. Head ( hĕd ), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. heáfod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. höfuð, Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubiþ. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head ( cf. E. Chief, Cadet, Capital ), and its origin is unknown.]
        1. 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. 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. 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. 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”. “Their princes and heads.” Robynson ( More's Utopia ).

        The heads of the chief sects of philosophy. Tillotson.

        Your head I him appoint. Milton.

        5. 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.”

        An army of fourscore thousand troops, with the duke of Marlborough at the head of them. Addison.

        6. Each one among many; an individual; -- often used in a plural sense; as, “a thousand head of cattle”.

        It there be six millions of people, there are about four acres for every head. Graunt.

        7. 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.”

        Men who had lost both head and heart. Macaulay.

        8. 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. A headland; a promontory; as, “Gay Head”. Shak.

        10. A separate part, or topic, of a discourse; a theme to be expanded; a subdivision; as, “the heads of a sermon”.

        11. Culminating point or crisis; hence, strength; force; height.

        Ere foul sin, gathering head, shall break into corruption. Shak.

        The indisposition which has long hung upon me, is at last grown to such a head, that it must quickly make an end of me or of itself. Addison.

        12. Power; armed force.

        My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head. Shak.

        13. A headdress; a covering of the head; as, “a laced head; a head of hair.” Swift.

        14. An ear of wheat, barley, or of one of the other small cereals.

        15. ( Bot. ) A dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies, thistles; a capitulum. A dense, compact mass of leaves, as in a cabbage or a lettuce plant.

        16. The antlers of a deer.

        17. A rounded mass of foam which rises on a pot of beer or other effervescing liquor. Mortimer.

        18. pl. Tiles laid at the eaves of a house. Knight.

        ☞ Head is often used adjectively or in self-explaining combinations; as, head gear or headgear, head rest. Cf. Head, a.

        A buck of the first head, a male fallow deer in its fifth year, when it attains its complete set of antlers. Shak. -- By the head. ( Naut. ) See under By. -- Elevator head, Feed head, etc. See under Elevator, Feed, etc. -- From head to foot, through the whole length of a man; completely; throughout. “Arm me, audacity, from head to foot.” Shak. -- Head and ears, with the whole person; deeply; completely; as, he was head and ears in debt or in trouble. [Colloq.] -- Head fast. ( Naut. ) See 5th Fast. -- Head kidney ( Anat. ), the most anterior of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in most vertebrates; the pronephros. -- Head money, a capitation tax; a poll tax. Milton. -- Head pence, a poll tax. [Obs.] -- Head sea, a sea that meets the head of a vessel or rolls against her course. -- Head and shoulders. By force; violently; as, to drag one, head and shoulders. “They bring in every figure of speech, head and shoulders.” Felton. By the height of the head and shoulders; hence, by a
        great degree or space; by far; much; as, he is head and shoulders above them. -- Heads or tails or Head or tail, this side or that side; this thing or that; -- a phrase used in throwing a coin to decide a choice, question, or stake, head being the side of the coin bearing the effHead ( hĕd ), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. heáfod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. höfuð, Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubiþ. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head ( cf. E. Chief, Cadet, Capital ), and its origin is unknown.]
        1. 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. 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. 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. 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”. “Their princes and heads.” Robynson ( More's Utopia ).

        The heads of the chief sects of philosophy. Tillotson.

        Your head I him appoint. Milton.

        5. 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.”

        An army of fourscore thousand troops, with the duke of Marlborough at the head of them. Addison.

        6. Each one among many; an individual; -- often used in a plura
      3. Head ( hĕd ), a. Principal; chief; leading; first; as, “the head master of a school; the head man of a tribe; a head chorister; a head cook.”

      4. Head ( hĕd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Headed; p. pr. & vb. n. Heading.]
        1. 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”. Dryden.

        2. To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head; as, “to head a nail”. Spenser.

        3. To behead; to decapitate. [Obs.] Shak.

        4. To cut off the top of; to lop off; as, “to head trees”.

        5. 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.”

        6. To set on the head; as, “to head a cask”.

        To head off, to intercept; to get before; as, “an officer heads off a thief who is escaping”. “We'll head them off at the pass.” -- To head up, to close, as a cask or barrel, by fitting a head to. To serve as the leader of; as, “to head up a team of investigators”.

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      5. Head, v. i.
        1. To originate; to spring; to have its source, as a river.

        A broad river, that heads in the great Blue Ridge. Adair.

        2. To go or point in a certain direction; to tend; as, “how does the ship head?”

        3. To form a head; as, “this kind of cabbage heads early”.