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 Dictionary entry overview: What does head mean? 

HEAD (noun)
  The noun HEAD has 33 senses:

1. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains
2. a single domestic animal
3. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; 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
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)
11. the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head
12. a dense clusters of flowers or foliage
13. the educator who has executive authority for a school
14. an individual person
15. a user of (usually soft) drugs
16. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
17. a rounded compact mass
18. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container
19. the part in the front or nearest the viewer
20. a difficult juncture
21. forward movement
22. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
23. the subject matter at issue
24. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
25. the rounded end of a bone that bits 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
29. the striking part of a tool
30. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
31. a projection out from one end
32. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
33. oral stimulation of the genitals

  Familiarity information: HEAD used as a noun is very familiar.


HEAD (verb)
  The verb HEAD has 9 senses:

1. to go or travel towards
2. be in charge of
3. travel in front of; go in advance of others
4. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel
5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
6. take its rise
7. be in the front of or on top of
8. form a head or come or grow to a head
9. remove the head of

  Familiarity information: HEAD used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEAD (noun)


Sense 1head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

head; caput

Context example:

he stuck his head out the window

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

external body part (any body part visible externally)

Meronyms (parts of "head"):

temple (the flat area on either side of the forehead)

face; human face (the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear)

skull (the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates)

brain; encephalon (that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord)

arteria basilaris; basilar artery (an unpaired artery; supplies the pons and cerebellum and the back part of the cerebrum and the inner ear)

ear (the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium)

muzzle (forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

human head (the head of a human being)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

body; organic structure; physical structure (the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being))


Sense 2head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single domestic animal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Context example:

200 head of cattle

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

domestic animal (any of various domesticated animals)


Sense 3head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

psyche; mind; nous; head; brain

Context examples:

his mind wandered / I couldn't get his words out of my head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

cognition; knowledge; noesis (the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

subconscious; subconscious mind (psychic activity just below the level of awareness)

unconscious; unconscious mind (that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware)

ego ((psychoanalysis) the conscious mind)

tabula rasa (a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke))

noddle (an informal British expression for head or mind)


Sense 4head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is in charge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

chief; top dog; head

Context example:

the head of the whole operation

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

secretary (a person who is head of an administrative department of government)

head of household (the head of a household or family or tribe)

grand dragon (a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan)

general manager (the highest ranking manager)

general; superior general (the head of a religious order or congregation)

don; father (the head of an organized crime family)

department head (the head of a department)

capo (the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate)

administrator; decision maker (someone who administers a business)

administrator; executive (someone who manages a government agency or department)


Sense 5head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The front of a military formation or procession

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context examples:

the head of the column advanced boldly / they were at the head of the attack

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

formation (an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Antonym:

rear (the back of a military formation or procession)


Sense 6head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The pressure exerted by a fluid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

a head of steam

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

force per unit area; pressure; pressure level (the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit))


Sense 7head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The top of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context examples:

the head of the stairs / the head of the page / the head of the list

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

top (the upper part of anything)

Antonym:

foot (the lower part of anything)


Sense 8head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The source of water from which a stream arises

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

headspring; fountainhead; head

Context example:

they tracked him back toward the head of the stream

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

beginning; origin; root; rootage; source (the place where something begins, where it springs into being)


Sense 9head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

head word; head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))


Sense 10head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

peak; point; tip (a V shape)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

abscess (symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue)


Sense 11head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The length or height based on the size of a human or animal head

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context examples:

he is two heads taller than his little sister / his horse won by a head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

linear unit (a unit of measurement of length)


Sense 12head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dense clusters of flowers or foliage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

capitulum; head

Context examples:

a head of cauliflower / a head of lettuce

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

plant organ (a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus)


Sense 13head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The educator who has executive authority for a school

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

school principal; head teacher; principal; head

Context example:

she sent unruly pupils to see the principal

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

educator; pedagog; pedagogue (someone who educates young people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

headmistress (a woman headmaster)

headmaster; master; schoolmaster (presiding officer of a school)

chancellor (the honorary or titular head of a university)


Sense 14head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An individual person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

tickets are $5 per head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

individual (a single organism)


Sense 15head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A user of (usually soft) drugs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

the office was full of secret heads

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

drug user; substance abuser; user (a person who takes drugs)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

pothead (someone who smokes marijuana habitually)

pill head (a consumer of amphetamine pills)

hash head (a user of hashish)

acid head (someone who takes LSD)


Sense 16head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

foreland; headland; promontory; head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

elevation; natural elevation (a raised or elevated geological formation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

point (a promontory extending out into a large body of water)

mull (a term used in Scottish names of promontories)

Instance hyponyms:

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; the site of a NASA center for spaceflight)

Cape Sable (a promontory on the far southern part of Nova Scotia)

Abila; Abyla; Jebel Musa (a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules)

Calpe; Gibraltar; Rock of Gibraltar (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; one of the Pillars of Hercules)

Cape Horn (a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego))


Sense 17head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rounded compact mass

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

the head of a comet

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)


Sense 18head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

the beer had a large head of foam

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

foam; froth (a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid)


Sense 19head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part in the front or nearest the viewer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

forefront; head

Context examples:

he was in the forefront / he was at the head of the column

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

forepart; front; front end (the side that is forward or prominent)


Sense 20head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difficult juncture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

straits; pass; head

Context examples:

a pretty pass / matters came to a head yesterday

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

juncture; occasion (an event that occurs at a critical time)


Sense 21head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forward movement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

headway; head

Context example:

the ship made little headway against the gale

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

advance; progress; progression (a movement forward)


Sense 22head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

point; head

Context example:

the point of the arrow was due north

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

mark (a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation))

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

arrow; pointer (a mark to indicate a direction or relation)


Sense 23head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The subject matter at issue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

question; head

Context examples:

the question of disease merits serious discussion / under the head of minor Roman poets

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

subject; theme; topic (the subject matter of a conversation or discussion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

problem (a question raised for consideration or solution)

matter of fact; question of fact (a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide)

matter of law; question of law (a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide)


Sense 24head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

header; heading; head

Context example:

the heading seemed to have little to do with the text

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

line (text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

rubric; statute title; title (a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with)

subhead; subheading (a heading of a subdivision of a text)

running head; running headline (a heading printed at the top of every page (or every other page) of a book)

rubric (a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type)

lemma (the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry)

headline; newspaper headline (the heading or caption of a newspaper article)

crosshead; crossheading (a heading of a subsection printed within the body of the text)


Sense 25head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

the head of the humerus

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

anatomical structure; bodily structure; body structure; complex body part; structure (a particular complex anatomical part)


Sense 26head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

anatomical structure; bodily structure; body structure; complex body part; structure (a particular complex anatomical part)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

skeletal muscle; striated muscle (a muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes)


Sense 27head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

read/write head; head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

coil (reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


Sense 28head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

call heads or tails!

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

obverse (the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

coin (a metal piece (usually a disc) used as money)

Antonym:

tail ((usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head)


Sense 29head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The striking part of a tool

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the head of the hammer

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

striker (the part of a mechanical device that strikes something)

Meronyms (parts of "head"):

face (the striking or working surface of an implement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

club head; club-head; clubhead; golf-club head ((golf) the head of the club which strikes the ball)

hammerhead (the striking part of a hammer)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

ram (a tool for driving or forcing something by impact)

hammer (a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking)


Sense 30head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

bathroom; can; john; lav; lavatory; privy; toilet (a room or building equipped with one or more toilets)


Sense 31head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A projection out from one end

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

the head of the nail / a pinhead is the head of a pin

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

projection (any structure that branches out from a central support)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

pinhead (the head of a pin)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

screw (a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head)

pin (a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things)

nail (a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener)

bolt (a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener)


Sense 32head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

drumhead; head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

membrane (a thin pliable sheet of material)

Holonyms ("head" is a part of...):

drum; membranophone; tympan (a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end)


Sense 33head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Oral stimulation of the genitals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

oral sex; head

Context example:

they say he gives good head

Hypernyms ("head" is a kind of...):

perversion; sexual perversion (an aberrant sexual practice that is preferred to normal intercourse)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "head"):

cunnilinctus; cunnilingus (oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris)

fellatio; fellation (oral stimulation of the penis)

sixty-nine; soixante-neuf (oral sex practiced simultaneously by two people)


HEAD (verb)


Sense 1head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To go or travel towards

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

where is she heading / We were headed for the mountains

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

continue; go forward; proceed (move ahead; travel onward in time or space)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "head"):

make; take (head into a specified direction)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They head up the hill


Sense 2head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in charge of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

head; lead

Context example:

Who is heading this project?

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

direct (be in charge of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "head"):

chair; chairman (act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university)

captain (be the captain of a sports team)

spearhead (be the leader of)

take charge; take control; take hold (assume control)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Travel in front of; go in advance of others

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

head; lead

Context example:

The procession was headed by John

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

lead; precede (move ahead (of others) in time or space)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "head"):

draw away (move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

head up; head

Context example:

This student heads the class

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

steer; maneuver; guide; channelize; channelise; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; head; direct

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Domain category:

driving (the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "head"):

park (maneuver a vehicle into a parking space)

corner; tree (force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape)

canalise; canalize; channel (direct the flow of)

navigate; pilot (act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance)

conn (conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane)

starboard (turn to the right, of helms or rudders)

stand out (steer away from shore, of ships)

navigate (direct carefully and safely)

crab (direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind)

pull over (steer a vehicle to the side of the road)

sheer (cause to sheer)

dock (haul into a dock)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 6head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take its rise

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

arise; develop; grow; originate; rise; spring up; uprise (come into existence; take on form or shape)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 7head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in the front of or on top of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The list was headed by the name of the president

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

lie (be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "head"):

surmount (be on top of)

crown (form the topmost part of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form a head or come or grow to a head

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The wheat headed early this year

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

form (assume a form or shape)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 9head [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the head of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

head the fish

Hypernyms (to "head" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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