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The Meaning of head

  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) Each one among many; an individual; -- often used in a plural sense; as, a thousand head of cattle.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (n.) A headland; a promontory; as, Gay Head.
  • (n.) A separate part, or topic, of a discourse; a theme to be expanded; a subdivision; as, the heads of a sermon.
  • (n.) Culminating point or crisis; hence, strength; force; height.
  • (n.) Power; armed force.
  • (n.) A headdress; a covering of the head; as, a laced head; a head of hair.
  • (n.) An ear of wheat, barley, or of one of the other small cereals.
  • (n.) A dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies, thistles; a capitulum.
  • (n.) A dense, compact mass of leaves, as in a cabbage or a lettuce plant.
  • (n.) The antlers of a deer.
  • (n.) A rounded mass of foam which rises on a pot of beer or other effervescing liquor.
  • (n.) Tiles laid at the eaves of a house.
  • (a.) Principal; chief; leading; first; as, the head master of a school; the head man of a tribe; a head chorister; a head cook.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head; as, to head a nail.
  • (v. t.) To behead; to decapitate.
  • (v. t.) To cut off the top of; to lop off; as, to head trees.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To set on the head; as, to head a cask.
  • (v. i.) To originate; to spring; to have its source, as a river.
  • (v. i.) To go or point in a certain direction; to tend; as, how does the ship head?
  • (v. i.) To form a head; as, this kind of cabbage heads early.

Synonyms

headway , promontory , headland , heading , straits , oral sex , capitulum , psyche , school principal , question , read/write head , forefront , point , header , drumhead , mind , chief , headspring , principal , nous , fountainhead , head teacher , caput , pass , brain , head word , foreland , top dog , learning ability , idea , thinker , wit , brainpower , intellect , mental capacity , encephalon , mentality , creative thinker , mastermind , brainiac , genius , judgment , judgement , soul , tribal chief , honcho , chieftain , foreman , gaffer , headman , boss , wellspring , well , headword , spike , ear , lead , dealer , star , principal sum , corpus , vanguard , cutting edge , strait , whirl , passport , offer , passing play , laissez passer , mountain pass , toss , crack , go , passing game , liberty chit , qualifying , walk , base on balls , fling , flip , notch , bye , passing , clearance , headroom , spot , dot , breaker point , stop , full stop , gunpoint , peak , point in time , percentage point , full point , level , degree , pointedness , period , power point , detail , decimal point , distributor point , item , compass point , stage , tip , motion , enquiry , query , inquiry , interrogation , doubt , interrogative , dubiousness , doubtfulness , interrogative sentence , lintel , drift , coping , gallery , aim , bearing , cope , maneuver , manoeuvre , channelize , direct , steer , channelise , guide , manoeuver , head up , run , precede , chair , extend , top , conduct , conduce , take , moderate , leave , result , contribute , operate , transfer , taper , repoint , place , show , target , sharpen , indicate , signal , betoken , take aim , train , channel , transport , address , engineer , organize , charge , organise , luff , calculate , draw , bespeak , guide on , orient , send , orchestrate , designate , transmit , topic , division , issue , proposition , subject , matter , theme

Antonyms

tail , foot , rear

Rhymes

abed , aforesaid , ahead , airhead , arrowhead , bankhead , beachhead , bed , bedspread , behead , blockhead , bloodshed , bobsled , bread , bred , bridgehead , broadhead , bulkhead , bullhead , coed , copperhead , dead , deadhead , deathbed , dragonhead , dread , drumhead , ed , egghead , embed , farmstead , fed , figurehead , flathead , fled , fred , freda , ged , gingerbread , godhead , hampstead , hardhead , hollingshead , homestead , horsehead , hotbed , imbed , inbred , infrared , instead , lead , led , letterhead , loggerhead , marblehead , masthead , med , misread , ned , overhead , pled , purebred , read , reade , red , redd , redhead , retread , riverhead , roundhead , said , shed , shred , skinhead , sled , spearhead , sped , spread , stead , steelhead , sudafed , ted , thickhead , thoroughbred , thread , tread , unread , unsaid , unwed , warhead , watershed , wed , wellhead , whitehead , widespread , woodshed , zed , armstead , biomed , bled , brodhead , calfed , dred , featherbed , flatbed , interbred , jed , misled , newlywed , numed , overfed , cornbread , dredd , nedd , riverbed , sayed , schwed , seabed , sffed , shead , shedd , sledd , swed , szwed , trailhead , unted , wedd , wehde