- a person or thing that removes or puts a head on something.
- a reaping machine that cuts off and gathers only the heads of the grain.
- a chamber to which the ends of a number of tubes are connected so that water or steam may pass freely from one tube to the other.
- Automotive. an exhaust manifold.
- Building Trades.
- a brick or stone laid in a wall or the like so that its shorter ends are exposed or parallel to the surface.Compare stretcher(def 5).
- a framing member crossing and supporting the ends of joists, studs, or rafters so as to transfer their weight to parallel joists, studs, or rafters.
- Informal. a plunge or dive headfirst, as into water: He stumbled and took a header into the ditch.
- Soccer. a pass or shot made by heading the ball.
- a sign that is part of or attached to the top of a rack displaying merchandise.
- Computers. a line of information placed at the top of a page for purposes of identification.
Origin of header
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Examples from the Web for headers
It is used in joining tail beams to headers in floor framing.Handwork in Wood
The courses consist, on plan, of "stretchers" and "headers."A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1
These titles served as headers on alternate pages in the original.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck
R. Pitcher Woodward
Bond stones or headers should be used frequently in every course.
The brick is laid in common bond, with five courses of stretchers to one of headers.Huntley
Tony P. Wrenn
- Also called: header tank a reservoir, tank, or hopper that maintains a gravity feed or a static fluid pressure in an apparatus
- a manifold for distributing a fluid supply amongst a number of passages
- a machine that trims the heads from castings, forgings, etc, or one that forms heads, as in wire, to make nails
- a person who operates such a machine
- a brick or stone laid across a wall so that its end is flush with the outer surfaceCompare stretcher (def. 5)
- the action of striking a ball with the head
- informal a headlong fall or dive
- a block of data on a tape or disk providing information about the size, location, etc, of a file
- (as modifier)header card; header label
- dialect a mentally unbalanced person
Word Origin and History for headers
"head-first dive or plunge," 1849, from head (n.); as a type of pass or shot with the head in soccer, by 1906.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper