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running head

noun, Printing.
a descriptive word, phrase, title, or the like, usually repeated at the top of each page of a book, periodical, etc.
Also called running title.
Origin of running head
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for running head
Historical Examples
  • The style of the running head is usually specified in instructions for the work.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • I saw him, running head up, pass into the cedars like a yellow dart.

  • The vessel lost her way and began to dip her bows into the quick succession of the running head seas.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • A running head is at the top of each page of a book or other work of a number of pages.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • The running head has one cone pulley connected by suitable gearing to three face plates.

  • I have to follow my best judgment in this fishing so long as I am running head boat.

  • The gage should include the length of a full page, over all, from the top of the running head down to the foot slug.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • The page number or folio is in the end of the running head line, the odd numbers at the right and the even numbers at the left.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • Sherikov reached the wall, running head down, energy beams flashing around him.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • He will never be a staid man, for he has had a running head of his own ever since his childhood.

British Dictionary definitions for running head

running head

(printing) a heading printed at the top of every page or every other page of a book
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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