from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate the head from; decapitate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the head.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To sever the head from; to take off the head of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut off the head of; kill or execute by decapitation.
- Figuratively, to deprive of the head, top, or foremost part of: as, to behead a statue or a word.
- To tap (a stream) and divert its upper waters through new channels: said of the encroachment of one stream upon another in such a way as to ‘capture’ its head and upper tributaries.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut the head of
Middle English biheden, from Old English behēafdian : be-, away from; see be- + hēafod, head; see head.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beheden, bihefden, biheveden, from Old English behēafdian ("to behead"), equivalent to be- (“off, away”) + head. (Wiktionary)