- any dense flower cluster or inflorescence.
- any other compact part of a plant, usually at the top of the stem, as that composed of leaves in the cabbage or lettuce, of leafstalks in the celery, or of flower buds in the cauliflower.
- a habitual user of a drug, especially LSD or marijuana (often used in combination): the feds versus the heads; an acid-head; a meth head; a pothead.
- a fan or devotee (usually used in combination): a punk-rock head.
- the forepart of a vessel; bow.
- the upper edge of a quadrilateral sail.
- the upper corner of a jib-headed sail.
- that part of the upper end of one spar of a mast that is overlapped by a spar above; a doubling at the upper end of a spar.
- that part of the upper end of a mast between the highest standing rigging and the truck.
- crown (def. 29).
- the member of an endocentric construction that belongs to the same form class and may play the same grammatical role as the construction itself.
- the member upon which another depends and to which it is subordinate. In former presidents, presidents is head and former is modifier.
- the vertical distance between two points in a liquid, as water, or some other fluid
- the pressure differential resulting from this separation, expressed in terms of the vertical distance between the points.
- the pressure of a fluid expressed in terms of the height of a column of liquid yielding an equivalent pressure.
- a mounting for a camera, as on a tripod.
- the part of an enlarger that contains the light source, negative carrier, lensboard, and lens.
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SYNONYMS FOR head
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Idioms for head
- to suppurate, as a boil.
- to reach a crisis; culminate: The struggle for power came to a head.
- to make someone dizzy or drunk; overcome one with excitement: Power went to his head. The brandy went to his head.
- to make someone conceited or self-important: Success went to his head.
- far better, more qualified, etc.; superior: In intelligence, he was head and shoulders above the rest of the children in the class.
- Archaic. by force.
- headlong, as in a somersault: He tripped and fell head over heels into the gully.
- intensely; completely: head over heels in love.
- impulsively; carelessly: They plunged head over heels into the fighting.
- insane; crazy.
- Informal. delirious; irrational: You're out of your head if you accept those terms.
- beyond one's comprehension, ability, or resources: The classical allusion went right over his head.
- beyond one's financial resources or ability to pay: He's lost over his head in that poker game.
- to cause someone to become smug or conceited: Her recent success has completely turned her head.
- to cause one to become foolish or confused: A whirlwind romance has quite turned his head.
Origin of head
OTHER WORDS FROM headhead·like, adjectivemul·ti·head, noun
Words nearby head
Definition for head (2 of 3)
Definition for head (3 of 3)
Origin of -head
Example sentences from the Web for head
And, of course, before you head out, remember to wear protective gear and review safety guidelines.
Bosworth acknowledges the privacy concerns and says he wants to address them head-on.
It started in March, after a video that appeared to show a train loaded with military vehicles headed toward the Chicago area went viral.Mobilizing the National Guard Doesn’t Mean Your State Is Under Martial Law. Usually.|by Logan Jaffe|September 17, 2020|ProPublica
Joe Grogan, former head of the Domestic Policy Council, said that the analyses now, more than half a year later, are “all ex post facto about where this was going to go.”Ten days: After an early coronavirus warning, Trump is distracted as he downplays threat|Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Yasmeen Abutaleb|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed’s vaccine development arm, has said there is a “very, very low chance” of a vaccine being approved by election day, and that he will resign if he feels pressure to approve an unsafe vaccine.6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine|jakemeth|September 15, 2020|Fortune
The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.
The scheme has been condemned by civil liberties groups and queried by the National Association of Head Teachers.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think all the traveling and all the nationalities put that stuff in my head.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I usually see people head to the stationary bikes,” Steinbrick says.
Madame Ratignolle, more careful of her complexion, had twined a gauze veil about her head.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Only in the carnage of the head, the tilt of the chin, was the insolence expressed that had made her many enemies.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Old Mrs. Wurzel and the buxom but not too well-favoured heiress of the house of Grains were at the head of the table.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
She sat straight up in bed, and jerked her hands to her head, and screamed long and terribly.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
A fancy came into my head that I would entertain the king and queen with an English tune upon this instrument.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for head (1 of 3)
- the person commanding most authority within a group, organization, etc
- (as modifier)head buyer
- (in combination)headmaster
- the most forward part of a thing; a part that juts out; frontthe head of a queue
- (as modifier)head point
- a dense inflorescence such as that of the daisy and other composite plants
- any other compact terminal part of a plant, such as the leaves of a cabbage or lettuce
- the front part of a ship or boat
- (in sailing ships) the upper corner or edge of a sail
- the top of any spar or derrick
- any vertical timber cut to shape
- (often plural) a slang word for lavatory
- the height of the surface of liquid above a specific point, esp when considered or used as a measure of the pressure at that pointa head of four feet
- pressure of water, caused by height or velocity, measured in terms of a vertical column of water
- any pressurea head of steam in the boiler
- a person who regularly takes drugs, esp LSD or cannabis
- (in combination)an acidhead; a pothead
- the terminal point of a route
- (in combination)railhead
- the head of a horse considered as a narrow margin in the outcome of a race (in the phrase win by a head)
- any narrow margin of victory (in the phrase (win) by a head)
- to bring or be brought to a crisismatters came to a head
- (of a boil) to cause to be or be about to burst
- to make one dizzy or confused, as might an alcoholic drink
- to make one conceitedhis success has gone to his head
- turning a complete somersault
- completely; utterly (esp in the phrase head over heels in love)
- without a person in the obvious position being considered, esp for promotionthe graduate was promoted over the heads of several of his seniors
- without consulting a person in the obvious position but referring to a higher authorityin making his complaint he went straight to the director, over the head of his immediate boss
- beyond a person's comprehension
Derived forms of headheadlike, adjective
Word Origin for head
British Dictionary definitions for head (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for head (3 of 3)
Medical definitions for head
Idioms and Phrases with head
In addition to the idioms beginning with head
- head above water, keep one's
- head and shoulders above
- head for
- head in the clouds, have one's
- head in the sand
- head off
- head on
- head or tail
- head out
- head over heels
- heads or tails
- head start
- heads up
- heads will roll
- head up
- beat into someone's head
- beat one's head against the wall
- big head
- bite someone's head off
- bring to a head
- can't make head or tail of
- count noses (heads)
- do blindfolded (standing on one's head)
- enter one's mind (head)
- eyes in the back of one's head
- from head to toe
- get into one's head
- get one's head examined
- get through one's head
- give someone his or her head
- good head on one's shoulders
- go to one's head
- hang one's head
- hang over (one's head)
- have a head for
- have a screw loose (head screwed on right)
- hide one's head
- hide one's head in the sand
- hit the nail on the head
- hold a gun to someone's head
- hold one's head high
- in over one's head
- keep one's head
- laugh one's head off
- like a chicken with its head cut off
- lose one's head
- make one's head spin
- need like a hole in the head
- not right in the head
- off one's head
- off the top of one's head
- on one's head
- on the block (put one's head)
- over one's head
- price on one's head
- put ideas in someone's head
- put our heads together
- rear its ugly head
- rocks in one's head
- roof over one's head
- scratch one's head
- shake one's head
- soft in the head
- swelled head
- talk someone's arm (head) off
- throw oneself (at someone's head)
- touched in the head
- trouble one's head
- turn one's head
- upside the head
- use one's head