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Meaning & Definition of Head in English

English

Head

/hɛd/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • caput

2. A single domestic animal

  • "200 head of cattle"
    synonym:
  • head

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"
    synonym:
  • mind
  • ,
  • head
  • ,
  • brain
  • ,
  • psyche
  • ,
  • nous

4. A person who is in charge

  • "The head of the whole operation"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • head

6. The pressure exerted by a fluid

  • "A head of steam"
    synonym:
  • head

7. The top of something

  • "The head of the stairs"
  • "The head of the page"
  • "The head of the list"
    synonym:
  • head

8. The source of water from which a stream arises

  • "They tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
    synonym:
  • fountainhead
  • ,
  • headspring
  • ,
  • head

9. (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • head word

10. The tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

    synonym:
  • head

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"
    synonym:
  • head

12. A dense cluster of flowers or foliage

  • "A head of cauliflower"
  • "A head of lettuce"
    synonym:
  • capitulum
  • ,
  • head

13. The educator who has executive authority for a school

  • "She sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
    synonym:
  • principal
  • ,
  • school principal
  • ,
  • head teacher
  • ,
  • head

14. An individual person

  • "Tickets are $5 per head"
    synonym:
  • head

15. A user of (usually soft) drugs

  • "The office was full of secret heads"
    synonym:
  • head

16. A natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

    synonym:
  • promontory
  • ,
  • headland
  • ,
  • head
  • ,
  • foreland

17. A rounded compact mass

  • "The head of a comet"
    synonym:
  • head

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"
    synonym:
  • head

19. The part in the front or nearest the viewer

  • "He was in the forefront"
  • "He was at the head of the column"
    synonym:
  • forefront
  • ,
  • head

20. A difficult juncture

  • "A pretty pass"
  • "Matters came to a head yesterday"
    synonym:
  • pass
  • ,
  • head
  • ,
  • straits

21. Forward movement

  • "The ship made little headway against the gale"
    synonym:
  • headway
  • ,
  • head

22. A v-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

  • "The point of the arrow was due north"
    synonym:
  • point
  • ,
  • head

23. The subject matter at issue

  • "The question of disease merits serious discussion"
  • "Under the head of minor roman poets"
    synonym:
  • question
  • ,
  • head

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"
    synonym:
  • heading
  • ,
  • header
  • ,
  • head

25. The rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

  • "The head of the humerus"
    synonym:
  • head

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

    synonym:
  • head

27. (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk

    synonym:
  • read/write head
  • ,
  • head

28. (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head

  • "Call heads or tails!"
    synonym:
  • head

29. The striking part of a tool

  • "The head of the hammer"
    synonym:
  • head

30. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

    synonym:
  • head

31. A projection out from one end

  • "The head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"
    synonym:
  • head

32. A membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

    synonym:
  • drumhead
  • ,
  • head

33. Oral stimulation of the genitals

  • "They say he gives good head"
    synonym:
  • oral sex
  • ,
  • head

verb

1. To go or travel towards

  • "Where is she heading"
  • "We were headed for the mountains"
    synonym:
  • head

2. Be in charge of

  • "Who is heading this project?"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • lead

3. Travel in front of

  • Go in advance of others
  • "The procession was headed by john"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • head

4. Be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

  • "This student heads the class"
    synonym:
  • head
  • ,
  • head up

5. Direct the course

  • Determine the direction of travelling
    synonym:
  • steer
  • ,
  • maneuver
  • ,
  • manoeuver
  • ,
  • manoeuvre
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • point
  • ,
  • head
  • ,
  • guide
  • ,
  • channelize
  • ,
  • channelise

6. Take its rise

  • "These rivers head from a mountain range in the himalayas"
    synonym:
  • head

7. Be in the front of or on top of

  • "The list was headed by the name of the president"
    synonym:
  • head

8. Form a head or come or grow to a head

  • "The wheat headed early this year"
    synonym:
  • head

9. Remove the head of

  • "Head the fish"
    synonym:
  • head

Examples of using

Put your hands on your head!
He lowered his head and began crying.
She hit me on the head and she ran away.