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Head appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Hercules, a hardy hunter, hunted a hare in the Hampshire Hills. Hit him on the head with a hard, hard hammer and he howled horribly!

Usage statistics for the noun head:

spoken English30.57%written English69.43% conversational speech58.25%task-oriented speech41.75% imaginative writing79.03%informational writing20.97%
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Head is sometimes a misspelling of edge, had, heard or here.

The word head is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun head

What does head mean as a name of something?

Head is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being the 9th most common noun in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: heads

  1. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains
    • example: he stuck his head out the window
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonym of head: caput
    • more generic term: external body part = any body part visible externally
    • more specific term: human head = the head of a human being
    • part of: animal / animate being / beast / brute / creature / fauna = a living organism characterized by voluntary movement; body / organic structure = the entire physical structure of an organism
    • parts:
      • muzzle = forward projecting part of the head of certain animals
      • ear = the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
      • arteria basilaris / basilar artery = an unpaired artery
      • encephalon / brain = that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull
      • skull = the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
      • human face / face = the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
      • temple = the flat area on either side of the forehead
  2. a single domestic animal
    • example: 200 head of cattle
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: domestic animal / domesticated animal = any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
  3. that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; the seat of the faculty of reason
  4. a person who is in charge
  5. the front of a military formation or procession
  6. the pressure exerted by a fluid
  7. the top of something
    • examples: the head of the stairs | the head of the page | the head of the list
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • antonym: foot
    • more generic word: top = the upper part of anything
  8. the source of water from which a stream arises
  9. (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
  10. the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: peak / point / tip = a V shape
    • part of: abscess = symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
  11. the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head
    • examples: he is two heads taller than his little sister | his horse won by a head
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic terms: linear measure / linear unit = a unit of measurement of length
  12. a dense cluster of flowers or foliage
    • examples: a head of cauliflower | a head of lettuce
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonym of head: capitulum
    • more generic term: plant organ = a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
  13. the educator who has executive authority for a school
  14. an individual person
    • example: tickets are $5 per head
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: individual = a single organism
  15. a user of (usually soft) drugs
  16. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of head: foreland / headland / promontory
    • more generic terms: elevation / natural elevation = a raised or elevated geological formation
    • more specific words:
      • mull = a term used in Scottish names of promontories
      • point = a promontory extending out into a large body of water
    • instances:
      • Cape Horn = a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America
      • Rock of Gibraltar / Gibraltar / Calpe = location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean
      • Cape Hatteras = a promontory on Hatteras Island off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina
      • Cape Canaveral / Cape Kennedy = a sandy promontory (formerly Cape Kennedy) extending into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida
      • Cape Sable = a promontory on the far southern part of Nova Scotia
      • Jebel Musa / Abila / Abyla = a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar
  17. a rounded compact mass
    • example: the head of a comet
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
  18. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container
    • example: the beer had a large head of foam
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: foam / froth = a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
  19. the part in the front or nearest the viewer
    • example: he was at the head of the column
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of head: forefront
    • more generic terms: forepart / front / front end = the side that is forward or prominent
  20. a difficult juncture
    • example: matters came to a head yesterday
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of head: pass / straits
    • more generic words: juncture / occasion = an event that occurs at a critical time
  21. forward movement
  22. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of head: point
    • more generic word: mark = a written or printed symbol
    • part of: arrow / pointer = a mark to indicate a direction or relation
  23. the subject matter at issue
  24. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
    • example: the heading seemed to have little to do with the text
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of head: header / heading
    • more generic word: line = text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    • more specific terms:
  25. the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint
  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
  28. (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head
    • example: call heads or tails!
    • usage: plural / plural form
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • antonym: tail
    • more generic word: obverse = the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
    • part of: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  29. the striking part of a tool
    • example: the head of the hammer
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: striker = the part of a mechanical device that strikes something
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: hammer = a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; ram = a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
    • part: face = the striking or working surface of an implement
  30. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
  31. a projection out from one end
    • examples: the head of the nail | a pinhead is the head of a pin
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: projection = any structure that branches out from a central support
    • more specific word: pinhead = the head of a pin
    • part of: bolt = a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener; nail = a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener; pin = a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things; screw = a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
  32. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
  33. oral stimulation of the genitals

Alternative definition of the noun head

noun

  1. [countable] The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth, and main sense organs.
  2. [uncountable] Mental or emotional aptitude or skill.
  3. [countable] Mind; one's own thoughts.
  4. [countable] The topmost, foremost, or leading part.
  5. The end of a rectangular table furthest from the entrance; traditionally considered a seat of honor.
  6. [billiards] The end of a pool table opposite the end where the balls have been racked.
  7. [countable] The principal operative part of a machine.
  8. The end of a hammer, axe, [soplink, golf, club] or similar implement used for striking other objects.
    • The end of a nail, screw, bolt, or similar fastener which is opposite the point; usually blunt and relatively wide.
      • The sharp end of an arrow, spear, or pointer.
        • [lacrosse] The top part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball.
        • The source of a river; the end of a lake where a river flows into it.
        • [rare] The front, as of a queue.
        • Headway; progress.
        • The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages.
        • [countable] Leader; chief; mastermind.
        • A headmaster or headmistress.
        • A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.
        • A clump of leaves or flowers; a capitulum.
        • [anatomy] The rounded part of a bone fitting into a depression in another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.
        • An individual person.
        • [uncountable, measure word for livestock and game] A single animal.
        • The population of game.
        • Topic; subject.
        • [linguistics] A morpheme that determines the category of a compound or the word that determines the syntactic type of the phrase of which it is a member.
        • [jazz] The principal melody or theme of a piece.
        • [British, geology] Deposits near the top of a geological succession.
        • [medicine] The end of an abscess where pus collects.
        • [uncountable] denouement; crisis
        • A machine element which reads or writes electromagnetic signals to or from a storage medium.
        • [music] The headstock of a guitar.
        • [music] A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound.
        • [engineering] The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.
        • [automotive] The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an internal combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs.
        • A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head.
        • [fluid dynamics] The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point.
        • [fluid dynamics] More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.
        • [nautical] The top edge of a sail.
        • [nautical] The bow of a nautical vessel.
        • [nautical] The toilet of a ship.
        • [uncountable, slang] Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral sex.
        • [slang] The glans penis.
        • [countable, slang] A heavy or habitual user of illicit drugs.
        • [British] A headland.

        Specialised definition of the noun head

        Glossary of sports / dog racing

        length of a dog's head; one of a number of terms used to indicate the distance between two dogs finishing a race (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

        Glossary of sports / equestrian

        the length of a horse's head, used to describe a short winning margin (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

        Glossary of sports / tennis

        the part of the racket comprising the frame and strings

        Definition of the adjective head

        What does head mean as an attribute of a noun?

        adjective - degrees: header |

        1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head.
        2. Foremost in rank or importance.
        3. Placed at the top or the front.
        4. Coming from in front.

        Definition of the verb head

        What does head mean as a doing word?

        Head is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

        verb - inflections: headed | heading | heads

        1. to go or travel towards
        2. be in charge of
          • example: Who is heading this project?
          • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
          • synonym of head: lead
          • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
          • more specific terms:
        3. travel in front of; go in advance of others
          • example: The procession was headed by John
          • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
          • synonym of head: lead
          • more generic words: lead / precede = move ahead (of others) in time or space
          • more specific term: draw away = move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
        4. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel
        5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
          • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
          • synonyms of head: channelise / channelize / direct / guide / maneuver / manoeuver / manoeuvre / point / steer
          • more generic words: command / control = exercise authoritative control or power over
          • more specific terms:
            • dock = maneuver into a dock
            • sheer = cause to sheer
            • pull over = steer a vehicle to the side of the road
            • helm = be at or take the helm of
            • crab = direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
            • navigate = direct carefully and safely
            • stand out = steer away from shore, of ships
            • starboard = turn to the right, of helms or rudders
            • conn = conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane
            • navigate / pilot = act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
            • channel = direct the flow of
            • corner / tree = force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
            • park = maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
        6. take its rise
        7. be in the front of or on top of
          • example: The list was headed by the name of the president
          • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
          • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
          • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
          • more specific words:
        8. form a head or come or grow to a head
          • example: The wheat headed early this year
          • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
          • more generic word: form = assume a form or shape
        9. remove the head of
          • example: head the fish
          • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
          • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
          • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

        Specialised definition of the verb head

        Glossary of sports

        to use the head to hit a ball (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

        Business

        1. Head NV is a sports equipment and clothing company, known mainly for their alpine skis and tennis racquets.
        2. Head is a record label.
        3. Head is a brand.

        Person

        Who is Head?

        Head a.k.a. Brian Welch: Brian Phillip Welch, better known as Head, is an American musician best known as one of the guitarists and co-founder of the nu metal band Korn and his solo project Love and Death. Along with fellow Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, Welch helped develop Korn's distinctive sound, a mix of sirenlike shards of dissonant guitar that mimicked a turntablist's various effects and rumbling down-tuned riffing, that defined the nu metal aesthetic beginning in the mid-'90s.

        Groups

        1. Head were an English rock band of the late 1980s.
        2. Head is a musical group.
          • albums: "Heil Head!", "Metal Mike / Head"

        There are other groups with in their name, like A-Head, My Head, Mr. Head, Toe Head, Body/Head, Dead Head, Head East, Head Inc., Head West, Sofa Head, Barra Head, Black Head, Black-Head, Faxed Head, Frank Head, Head Candy, Radio head, Space Head, Deaths Head and Silver Head.

        Films

        1. "Head" is a 1968 psychedelic adventure comedy film musical starring television rock group The Monkees, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson wrote and produced, and Rafelson directed.
        2. "Head" a.k.a. "Premonition" is a 1972 film written and directed by Alan Rudolph.
        3. "Head" is a 2013 short film directed by Ivan Konstantinov.
          • country: Russia
          • released in

        Artworks

        1. "Head" is a sculpture by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
          • begun in (100 years ago)
          • media: limestone
          • subject: Head
        2. "Head" is a sculpture (bronze) by Tom Otterness, begun in and completed in (26 years ago).
          • media: bronze
          • subject: Head

        Music

        1. "Head" - Deluxe Edition is a 2010 soundtrack album by The Monkees.
        2. "Head" is the first full album by The Jesus Lizard. It was released on Touch and Go Records in 1990. It is their first release to feature a drummer, Mac McNeilly.
        3. "Head" is a track from The Cooper Temple Clause's third album Make This Your Own. It was released as a five track extended play in April 2007, as what became the band's final studio release.
          • also known as Head EP
          • genre: Alternative rock
          • released on (7 years ago)
        4. "Head" is a song by the English singer-songwriter Julian Cope. It is the third and final single released in support of his album Peggy Suicide.
        5. "Head" is a song which first appeared on Prince's 1980 album Dirty Mind.
        6. "Head" is a musical album of Head.
        7. "Head" is a musical album of On Trial.
          • released in (14 years ago)

        Food

        Head: Koszyczek – typ kwiatostanu groniastego. Na szerokim dnie kwiatowym gęsto osadzone są bezszypułkowe, zwykle drobne kwiaty. Mogą to być same rurkowate kwiaty lub wyłącznie kwiaty języczkowe. Najczęściej jednak na zewnątrz, jako kwiaty brzeżne umieszczone są kwiaty języczkowe, a wewnątrz kwiaty rurkowate. Zewnętrzne kwiaty brzeżne pełnią wówczas zwykle rolę powabni, mającej za zadanie zwabianie owadów, są duże i barwne, często też bezpłodne. Kwiaty w koszyczku z zewnątrz otoczone są łuskami okrywy. Często kielich kwiatów przekształcony jest w puch kielichowy. U podstawy poszczególnych kwiatów w koszyczku często znajduje się łuseczka zwana plewinką, będąca przekształconą przysadką.

        There are other foods with Head in their name, like Bulls Head, Ducks Head, Duck's head, Head cheese, King's Head, Lion's Head, Turk's Head, Turk's-head, Fish head curry, The King's Head, Fish head casserole and Oscar Mayer Head Cheese.

        Miscellanea

        1. Head a.k.a. Headmaster: A head teacher is the most senior teacher, leader and manager of a school.
        2. Head a.k.a. Headland: A headland is a coastal landform, a point of land usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends out into a body of water. The word is often used as a synonym for promontory; a headland of considerable size often being called a cape. A headland is often referred to simply as a head; either in context or in names such as Beachy Head or Koko Head.
        3. Head: In linguistics, the head of a phrase is the word that determines the syntactic type of that phrase or analogously the stem that determines the semantic category of a compound of which it is a part. The other elements modify the head and are therefore the head's dependents. Headed phrases and compounds are endocentric, whereas exocentric phrases and compounds lack a clear head. Heads are crucial to establishing the direction of branching. Head-initial phrases are right-branching, head-final phrases are left-branching, and head-medial phrases combine left- and right-branching.
          • also known as 中心词
        4. head is a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to display the beginning of a text file or piped data.
          • also known as head command, head unix command
        5. The head is a ship's toilet. The name derives from sailing ships in which the toilet area for the regular sailors was placed at the head or bow of the ship.
        6. Head: The end caps on a cylindrically shaped pressure vessel are commonly known as heads.
        7. Head describes deposits at the very top of the geological succession, that could not be classified more accurately. The term has been used by British geologists since the middle of the 19th century. Areas identified as head include deposits of aeolian origin such as blown sand and loess, slope deposits such as gelifluctates and solifluctates, and recently eroded soil material, called colluvium. With geologists becoming more interested in studying the near-surface environment and its related processes, the term head is becoming obsolete.

        Phrases with Head

        Phrases starting with the word Head:

        1. head up
        2. head-on
        3. Head Boy
        4. Head Man
        5. head off
        6. head sea
        7. Head tax

        Phrases ending with the word Head:

        1. -HEAD
        2. ax head
        3. to head
        4. axe head
        5. Bed Head
        6. Mop Head
        7. Wig Head
        8. acid head
        9. club head
        10. club-head
        11. Drum Head
        12. Gave Head
        13. Give Head

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        Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Head

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        Google previewAyurvedic Astrology (2007)

        Self-healing Through the Stars by David Frawley

        The horse's head is a key to the deeper meaning of Vedic astrology, the knowledge of which the Ashwins are the teachers.

        The horse's head is the soul that transcends the limitations of time and space and becomes free to travel at will ...

        Google previewThe Complete Mushroom Hunter (2010)

        An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff

        The bear's head is a complex of several species, all of which are choice edibles, that occur throughout the temperate forests of the Northern Hemisphere. It is easily cultivated and is known as pom-pom in the restaurant business. The bear's ...

        Google previewPennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States (2001)

        Porifera to Crustacea by Douglas Grant Smith

        The head is a compact structure and does not open ventrally as the...

        Google previewBengáli Selections (1822)

        With Translations and a Vocabulary by Sir Graves Champney Haughton

        the head is the seat of intellect and the sovereign of the body j therefore, on whatever body was. sovereign 1 This is an oversight, and it should be, " between the head and body of the King's son ...

        Google preview100 Jolts (2004)

        Shockingly Short Stories by Michael A. Arnzen

        The fifth head is a death dry skeleton's skull that's puppeteered by a jaundiced wet hand that reaches through its vacant neckhole and throws a demonic voice. The sixth head is a beautiful medusa, whose flesh is a patchwork of scales, whose ...

        Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1992)

        Volume 42 - Pressure-Relieving Devices: Rupture Disks: Selection of to Process Control and Dynamics: Savings from Upgrading by John J. McKetta Jr

        The torsipherical head has more local stresses from discontinuities than the hemispherical or ellipsoidal heads because of the discontinuity in shape at the junction of the two radii and the discontinuity at the junction of the knuckle with the ...

        Google previewEncyclopedia of Technical Education

        The actual head required is determined. This is done by taking the nominal HP/ PS and computing the pump station pressure rise from Eq. ( 1 3). 1 1 . The PS discharge head is determined. This is done by adding to the PS pressure rise just ...

        Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

        The head bent under the thorax, which is scarcely marginated.. M. The lip clavated and emarginated. B. The lip stretched out, and bifid. S. The thorax and elytra marginated. T. The two anterior feelers hatchet-shapcd. H. The jaw bifid. c.

        Google previewWrestling Moves and Smashes Pocket Encyclopedia

        by Shawn Armstrong

        Description: Bulldog, 3⁄4 Facelock, Back Flip Used by: AKA: Description: Bulldog, 3⁄4 Nelson, Suplex Used by: AKA: Description: Wrestler A bends wrestler B over or applies a standing head scissors and grabs wrestler B around the waist.

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        Usage statistics about head

        The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

        Usage statistics for the noun head:

        spoken English30.57%written English69.43% conversational speech58.25%task-oriented speech41.75% imaginative writing79.03%informational writing20.97%

        Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun head:

        promontoryheadlandheadwayheaderprincipalheadingpasschiefbrainmindquestionheadpoint

        Comparison of usage frequency between the noun head and its most common antonyms:

        foothead tailhead rearhead

        Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb head:

        manoeuvresteerguidedirectheadpointlead

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        Quotes about Head

        At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric, the head of News Corp, the head of Viacom, or the head of this giant international corporation that wants these ratings. (Norman Lear)
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        Scrabble value of H4E1A1D2

        The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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