Head meaning

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Head is the part of the body that comes out of your neck and that contains the eyes, nose, mouth and brains.

An example of head is the part of your body that helps you to see, hear, smell and think.

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To head means to take the lead or be in charge of.

An example of head is when you are the president of a company.

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The definition of head is the person who is in charge.

An example of head is the librarian in charge of the other librarians.

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Mental ability or aptitude.

She has a good head for mathematics.

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The uppermost part; the top.

Place the appropriate name at the head of each column.

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(vulgar slang) Oral sex.
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Foremost in rank or importance.

The head librarian.

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To be in the first or foremost position of.

Collins heads the list of job candidates.

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A position of leadership, honor, or first importance.

The head of the class.

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The uppermost or forwardmost part of body of a human or other vertebrate, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
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The analogous part of an invertebrate organism.
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The pus-containing tip of an abscess, boil, or pimple.
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The proximal end of a long bone. The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
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Freedom of choice or action.

Give the child his head and see how well he solves the problems.

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A person considered foolish or contemptible. Often used in combination.

A chowderhead.

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The side of a coin having the principal design, often the profile of a political leader's head.
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(informal) A headache.

Had a bad head early this morning.

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The foremost or leading position.

Marched at the head of the parade.

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A headwaiter.
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The froth or foam that rises to the top in pouring an effervescent liquid, such as beer.
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The tip of an abscess, boil, or pimple, in which pus forms.
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A turning point; a crisis.

Bring matters to a head.

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A rounded compact mass, as of leaves or buds.

A head of cabbage.

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(botany) A flower head.
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The end considered the most important.

Sat at the head of the table.

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Either end of an object, such as a drum, whose two ends are interchangeable.
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A toilet, especially on a ship.
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A passage or gallery in a coal mine.
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Headway; progress.
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(linguistics) The word determining the grammatical category of a constituent, often establishing relations of concord or agreement (such as subject-verb agreement) with other constituents.
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Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination.

Headshaking; headwrap.

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Placed at the top or the front.

The head name on the list.

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(slang) Of, relating to, or for drugs or drug users.
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To be in charge of; lead.

The minister headed the committee.

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To aim, point, or turn in a certain direction.

Headed the team of horses up the hill.

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To remove the head or top of.
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(sports) To hit (a soccer ball) in the air with one's head.
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To provide with a head.

Head each column with a number; headed the flagpole with a golden ball.

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To proceed or go in a certain direction.

Head for town.

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To form a head, as lettuce or cabbage.
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To originate, as a stream or river; rise.
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The head as a symbol for the individual; person.

Dinner at ten dollars a head.

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The head as a unit of counting.

Fifty head of cattle.

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A representation of a head, as in painting or sculpture.
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The obverse of a coin, usually with such a representation.
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The highest or uppermost part or thing; top.
  • The top of a page, column of figures, etc.
  • A printed title at the top of a page, section of writing, etc.
  • A chief point of discussion; topic of a section, chapter, etc. in a speech or written work.
  • A headline for a newspaper story.
  • Froth floating on newly poured effervescent beverages, esp. on beer.
  • That end of a cask or barrel which is uppermost at any time.
  • The upper edge or corner of a sail.
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The foremost part of a thing; front.
  • A part associated with the human head.
    The head of a bed.
  • The end of a pier farthest from land.
  • The front part of a ship; bow.
  • (naut.) A toilet, or latrine.
  • The front position, as of a column of marchers.
  • Either end of something; extremity.
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The projecting part of something.
  • The part designed for holding, pushing, striking, etc.
    The head of a pin, the head of a golf club.
  • A jutting mass of rock, land, etc. as of a mountain.
  • A point of land; promontory; headland.
  • A projecting place in a boil or other inflammation where pus is about to break through.
  • The part of a tape recorder that records or plays back the magnetic signals on the tape.
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The membrane stretched across the end of a drum, tambourine, etc.; drumhead.
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The source of a flowing body of water; beginning of a stream, river, etc.
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The pressure in an enclosed fluid, as steam, from its own weight or applied externally.
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The person who is foremost or in charge; leader, ruler, chief, director, etc.
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A headmaster.
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(linguis.) Any word or word group in a construction that functions grammatically like the entire construction.

“woman” is the head of “the woman who wrote that book”

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(music) The rounded part of a note, at the end of the stem.
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Of or having to do with the head.
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Most important; principal; commanding; first.
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At the top or front.
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Striking against the front.

Head winds.

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To be chief of or in charge of; command; direct.
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To supply (a pin, etc.) with a head.
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(rare) To behead; decapitate.
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To trim the higher part from (a tree or plant); poll.
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To go around the head of.

To head a stream.

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To turn or cause to go in a specified direction.

To head a car for home.

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(soccer) To hit (the ball) with one's head.
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To grow or come to a head.
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To set out; travel in a direction or toward a destination.

To head eastward, head home.

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To originate, as a river.
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(person) (born Edith Claire Posener) 1897-1981; U.S. film costume designer.
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Godhead.

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A person having a (specified kind of) head or mind, or a head seemingly filled with a (specified) thing.

Dumbhead, airhead.

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The head is defined as the ends of the table, or to the most important person.

An example of head is where the father and mother sit at the ends of the table.

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The seat of the faculty of reason; intelligence, intellect, or mind.

I did the figuring in my head.

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A portrait or representation of a person's head.
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have a big
  • To be overly self-confident or conceited.
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head and shoulders above
  • Far superior to:
    Head and shoulders above her colleagues in analytical capability.
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head over heels
  • Rolling, as in a somersault:
    Tripped and fell head over heels.
  • Completely; hopelessly:
    Head over heels in love.
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keep (one's) head
  • To remain calm; remain in control of oneself.
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lose (one's) head
  • To lose one's poise or self-control.
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off
  • Crazy; deranged.
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on (one's) head
  • As one's responsibility or fault:
    If this project fails, it's on your head.
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over (one's) head
  • Beyond one's comprehension.
  • Beyond one's financial means.
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put heads together
  • To consult and plan together:
    Let's put our heads together and solve this problem.
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bite someone's head off
  • to speak sharply or harshly to someone
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by a head
  • by the length of the animal's head, as in horse racing
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by the head
  • with the bow deeper in the water than the stern
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come to a head
  • to be about to discharge pus
  • to culminate, or reach a crisis
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get it through one's head
  • to understand or realize something
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give head
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go to someone's head
  • to confuse, excite, or intoxicate someone
  • to make someone vain or overconfident
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hang one's head
  • to lower one's head or conceal one's face in or as in shame
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head and shoulders above
  • clearly superior to
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head for
  • to direct one's way toward
    She headed for home.
  • to be destined for
    He's heading for trouble.
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head off
  • to get ahead of and cause to stop or turn away; intercept
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one's head off
  • a great deal; excessively
    He laughed his head off.
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head over heels
  • tumbling as if in a somersault
  • deeply; completely
    head over heels in love.
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heads up!
  • look out! be careful!
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keep one's head
  • to keep one's poise, self-control, etc.; not become excited or flustered
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keep one's head above water
  • to remain afloat; not sink
  • to keep oneself alive, out of debt, etc.
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lose one's head
  • to lose one's poise, self-control, etc.; become excited or flustered
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make head
  • to make headway; go forward; advance
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make head or tail of
  • to understand
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on someone's head
  • as someone's burden, responsibility, or misfortune
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(informal) out of one's head
  • crazy
  • delirious; raving
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over someone's head
  • in spite of someone's prior claim
  • without consulting someone; to a higher authority
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put heads together
  • to consult or scheme together
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take it into one's head
  • to conceive the notion, plan, or intention
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turn someone's head
  • to make someone dizzy
  • to make someone vain or overconfident
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turn heads
  • to attract much interest or attention
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Origin of head

  • Middle English from Old English hēafod kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition