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head GSL word (headword head, frequency 564)[hed]

noun

1. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains. E.g.: he stuck his head out the window

2. a single domestic animal. E.g.: 200 head of cattle

3. that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason. E.g.: I couldn't get his words out of my head

4. a person who is in charge. E.g.: the head of the whole operation

5. the front of a military formation or procession. E.g.: the head of the column advanced boldly, they were at the head of the attack

6. the pressure exerted by a fluid. E.g.: a head of steam

7. the top of something. E.g.: the head of the stairs, the head of the page, the head of the list

8. the source of water from which a stream arises. E.g.: they tracked him back toward the head of the stream

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. E.g.: he is two heads taller than his little sister, his horse won by a head

12. a dense clusters of flowers or foliage. E.g.: a head of cauliflower, a head of lettuce

13. the educator who has executive authority for a school.

14. an individual person. E.g.: tickets are $5 per head

15. a user of (usually soft) drugs. E.g.: the office was full of secret heads

16. a rounded compact mass. E.g.: the head of a comet

17. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container. E.g.: the beer had a large head of foam

18. the part in the front or nearest the viewer. E.g.: he was at the head of the column

19. a difficult juncture. E.g.: matters came to a head yesterday

20. forward movement. E.g.: the ship made little headway against the gale

21. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer.

22. the subject matter at issue. E.g.: under the head of minor Roman poets

23. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about. E.g.: the heading seemed to have little to do with the text

24. the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint. E.g.: the head of the humerus

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

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

27. (usually plural) an obverse side of a coin that bears the representation of a person's head. E.g.: call heads or tails!

28. the striking part of a tool. E.g.: the head of the hammer

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

30. a projection out from one end. E.g.: the head of the nail, a pinhead is the head of a pin

31. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum.

32. oral-genital stimulation. E.g.: they say he gives good head


verb

1. to go or travel towards. E.g.: where is she heading, We were headed for the mountains

2. be in charge of. E.g.: Who is heading this project?

3. travel in front of; go in advance of others. E.g.: The procession was headed by John

4. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel. E.g.: This student heads the class

5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling.

6. take its rise. E.g.: These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas

7. be in the front of or on top of. E.g.: The list was headed by the name of the president

8. form a head or come or grow to a head. E.g.: The wheat headed early this year

9. remove the head of. E.g.: head the fish



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Acknowledgements for OPTED dictionary: OPTED, Project Gutenburg and the 1913 edition of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.




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