Definitions for: Head


[n] oral-genital stimulation; "they say he gives good head"
[n] a single domestic animal; "200 head of cattle"
[n] a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
[n] a projection out from one end; "the head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"
[n] a toilet on board a boat or ship
[n] the striking part of a tool; "the head of the hammer"
[n] (usually plural) an obverse side of a coin that bears the representation of a person's head; "call heads or tails!"
[n] (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
[n] that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
[n] 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"
[n] the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; "the head of the humerus"
[n] 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"
[n] (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
[n] 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"
[n] the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
[n] a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
[n] forward movement; "the ship made little headway against the gale"
[n] a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
[n] the front of a military formation or procession; "the head of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of the attack"
[n] the source of water from which a stream arises; "they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
[n] the part in the front or nearest the viewer; "he was in the forefront"; "he was at the head of the column"
[n] the top of something; "the head of the stairs"; "the head of the page"; "the head of the list"
[n] 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"
[n] a rounded compact mass; "the head of a comet"
[n] (informal) a user of (usually soft) drugs; "the office was full of secret heads"
[n] a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
[n] an individual person; "tickets are $5 per head"
[n] the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
[n] the pressure exerted by a fluid; "a head of steam"
[n] a dense clusters of flowers or foliage; "a head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"
[n] 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"
[n] the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
[v] direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[v] to go or travel towards; "where is she heading"; "We were headed for the mountains"
[v] travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John"
[v] be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?"
[v] be in the front of or on top of; "The list was headed by the name of the president"
[v] be the first or leading member of (a group)



Webster (1913) Definition: , Dragon's tail Drag"on's tail .
See Dragon's blood, Dragon's head, etc., under Dragon.


-head, suffix.
A variant of -hood.


Head, n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he['a]fod; akin to
D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h["o]fu?, Sw. hufvud,
Dan. hoved, Goth. haubip. The word does not corresponds
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
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) A dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies,
thistles; a capitulum.
(b) 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.

Note: 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.
(a) By force; violently; as, to drag one, head and
shoulders. ``They bring in every figure of speech,
head and shoulders.'' --Felton.
(b) 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.

Head or tail, this side or that side; this thing or that;
-- a phrase used in throwing a coin to decide a choice,
guestion, or stake, head being the side of the coin
bearing the effigy or principal figure (or, in case there
is no head or face on either side, that side which has the
date on it), and tail the other side.

Neither head nor tail, neither beginning nor end; neither
this thing nor that; nothing distinct or definite; -- a
phrase used in speaking of what is indefinite or confused;
as, they made neither head nor tail of the matter.
[Colloq.]

Head wind, a wind that blows in a direction opposite the
vessel's course.

Out one's own head, according to one's own idea; without
advice or co["o]peration of another.

Over the head of, beyond the comprehension of. --M. Arnold.



To be out of one's head, to be temporarily insane.

To come or draw to a head. See under Come, Draw.

To give (one) the head, or To give head, to let go, or to
give up, control; to free from restraint; to give license.
``He gave his able horse the head.'' --Shak. ``He has so
long given his unruly passions their head.'' --South.

To his head, before his face. ``An uncivil answer from a
son to a father, from an obliged person to a benefactor,
is a greater indecency than if an enemy should storm his
house or revile him to his head.'' --Jer. Taylor.

To lay heads together, to consult; to conspire.

To lose one's head, to lose presence of mind.

To make head, or To make head against, to resist with
success; to advance.

To show one's head, to appear. --Shak.

To turn head, to turn the face or front. ``The ravishers
turn head, the fight renews.'' --Dryden.


Head, a.
Principal; chief; leading; first; as, the head master of a
school; the head man of a tribe; a head chorister; a head
cook.


Head, 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.

To head up, to close, as a cask or barrel, by fitting a
head to.


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.

Synonyms: brain, capitulum, caput, channelise, channelize, chief, direct, drumhead, forefront, fountainhead, guide, head teacher, head up, head word, header, heading, headspring, headway, lead, lead, maneuver, manoeuvre, mind, nous, oral sex, pass, point, point, principal, psyche, question, read/write head, school principal, steer, straits, top dog

Antonyms: foot, rear, tail

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