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Definition of 'head'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: caput
  2. a single domestic animal; "200 head of cattle"
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: mind brain psyche nous
  4. a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
       Synonyms: chief top dog
  5. the front of a military formation or procession; "the head of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of the attack"
       Antonyms: rear
  6. the pressure exerted by a fluid; "a head of steam"
  7. the top of something; "the head of the stairs"; "the head of the page"; "the head of the list"
       Antonyms: foot
  8. the source of water from which a stream arises; "they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
       Synonyms: fountainhead headspring
  9. (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
       Synonyms: head word
  10. the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
  11. 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. a dense clusters of flowers or foliage; "a head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"
       Synonyms: capitulum
  13. the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
       Synonyms: principal school principal head teacher
  14. an individual person; "tickets are $5 per head"
  15. a user of (usually soft) drugs; "the office was full of secret heads"
  16. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
       Synonyms: promontory headland foreland
  17. a rounded compact mass; "the head of a comet"
  18. 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. the part in the front or nearest the viewer; "he was in the forefront"; "he was at the head of the column"
       Synonyms: forefront
  20. a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
       Synonyms: pass straits
  21. forward movement; "the ship made little headway against the gale"
       Synonyms: headway
  22. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
       Synonyms: point
  23. the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
       Synonyms: question
  24. 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"
       Synonyms: heading header
  25. the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; "the head of the humerus"
  26. that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
  27. (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
       Synonyms: read/write head
  28. (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head; "call heads or tails!"
       Antonyms: tail
  29. the striking part of a tool; "the head of the hammer"
  30. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
  31. a projection out from one end; "the head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"
  32. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
       Synonyms: drumhead
  33. oral stimulation of the genitals; "they say he gives good head"
       Synonyms: oral sex


  1. to go or travel towards; "where is she heading"; "We were headed for the mountains"
  2. be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
       Synonyms: lead
  3. travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
       Synonyms: lead
  4. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel; "This student heads the class"
       Synonyms: head up
  5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
       Synonyms: steer maneuver manoeuver manoeuvre direct point guide channelize channelise
  6. take its rise; "These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas"
  7. be in the front of or on top of; "The list was headed by the name of the president"
  8. form a head or come or grow to a head; "The wheat headed early this year"
  9. remove the head of; "head the fish"

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