English - Etymology
From Middle English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Old English hēafod (“head; top; source, origin; chief, leader; capital”), from Proto-Germanic *haubudą (“head”), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *káput (“head”), a variant of *kapōlo (“head, bowl”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
(countable) The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth, and main sense organs.
(people) To do with heads.
- Mental or emotional aptitude or skill.
- Mind; one's own thoughts.
- A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.
- A headdress; a covering for the head.
- An individual person.
(animals) To do with heads.
- (uncountable, measure word for livestock and game) A single animal.
- The population of game.
- The antlers of a deer.
- (people) To do with heads.
(countable) The topmost, foremost, or leading part.
- The end of a table.
(countable) The principal operative part of a machine or tool.
- The end of a hammer, axe, golf club, or similar implement used for striking other objects.
- The end of a nail, screw, bolt, or similar fastener which is opposite the point; usually blunt and relatively wide.
- The sharp end of an arrow, spear, or pointer.
- (lacrosse) The top part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball.
- (music) A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound.
- A machine element which reads or writes electromagnetic signals to or from a storage medium.
- (computing) The part of a disk drive responsible for reading and writing data.
- (automotive) The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an internal combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs.
- The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages.
- (engineering) The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.
- (UK, geology) Deposits near the top of a geological succession.
- (medicine) The end of an abscess where pus collects.
- (music) The headstock of a guitar.
- (nautical) A leading component.
English - Adjective
- Of, relating to, or intended for the head.
- Foremost in rank or importance.
- Placed at the top or the front.
- Coming from in front.
English - Verb
- (transitive) To be in command of. (See also head up.)
- (transitive) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
- (intransitive) To move in a specified direction.
- (fishing) To remove the head from a fish.
- (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.
- (intransitive) To form a head.
- To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head.
- To cut off the top of; to lop off.
- (obsolete) To behead; to decapitate.
- To go in front of; to get in the front of, so as to hinder or stop; to oppose; hence, to check or restrain.
- To set on the head.