Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that fits a head on an object.
  • n. One that removes a head from an object, especially a machine that reaps the heads of grain and passes them into a wagon or receptacle.
  • n. A pipe that serves as a central connection for two or more smaller pipes.
  • n. A floor or roof beam placed between two long beams that supports the ends of the tailpieces.
  • n. A brick or stone laid at a right angle to the face of a wall so that only its short end is showing. Also called bonder.
  • n. Informal A headlong dive or fall.
  • n. Sports A pass or shot made in soccer by heading the ball.
  • n. Textual information, such as a title, date, or page number, positioned in the top margin of a page and usually repeated throughout a document.
  • n. A raised tank or hopper that maintains a constant pressure or supply to a system, especially the small tank that supplies water to a central heating system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The upper portion of a page (or other) layout.
  • n. Text, or other visual information, used to mark off a quantity of text, often titling or summarizing it.
  • n. Text, or other visual information, that goes at the top of a column of information in a table.
  • n. A font, text style, or typesetting used for any of the above.
  • n. a brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall or within the brickwork with the short side showing; compare stretcher
  • n. a horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening
  • n. a machine that cuts the heads off of grain etc
  • n. the act of hitting the ball with the head
  • n. a headlong fall or jump
  • n. the first part of a file or record that describes its contents
  • n. the first part of a packet, often containing its address and descriptors
  • n. A raised tank that supplies water at constant pressure, especially to a central heating and hot water system

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, heads nails, rivets, etc., esp. a machine for heading.
  • n. One who heads a movement, a party, or a mob; head; chief; leader.
  • n.
  • n. A brick or stone laid with its shorter face or head in the surface of the wall.
  • n. In framing, the piece of timber fitted between two trimmers, and supported by them, and carrying the ends of the tailpieces.
  • n. A reaper for wheat, that cuts off the heads only.
  • n. A fall or plunge head first, as while riding a bicycle, or a skateboard, or in bathing; -- sometimes, implying the striking of the head on the ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which removes the head from something; one who beheads or decapitates: obsolete except in certain special uses.
  • n. One who places a head on something, as on a nail or a pin; specifically, a cooper who puts in the heads of casks.
  • n. One who or that which stands at the head of something, as one who leads a mob or party.
  • n. In masonry: A heavy stone extending over the thickness of a wall.
  • n. A brick laid lengthwise across the thickness of a wall and acting as a bond. See cut under inbond.
  • n. A plunge or dive head foremost, as into the water, or, involuntarily, from a horse or a bicycle.
  • n. One who dives head foremost.
  • n. In the manufacture of needles, a person whose duty it is to turn the needles all one way, preparatory to drilling.
  • n. A sod, brick, or stone placed with the end toward the interior in building revetments.
  • n. A ship's mate or other officer in charge of a whale-boat; a boat-header.
  • n. A connection at the ends of the tubes in a water-tube boiler.
  • n. In a floor or roof, the timber used for framing round an opening. It is supported by two trimmers, one at either end, and, in its turn, supports the ends of the two tail-beams.
  • n. A horse used in helping to haul heavily-laden vehicles up heavy grades.
  • n. In cigarmaking, a workman who shapes or finishes the head or mouth-end of a cigar: also, an appliance used for the same purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
  • n. brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
  • n. horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
  • n. 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
  • n. a machine that cuts the heads off grain and moves them into a wagon
  • n. a headlong jump (or fall)
  • n. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

Etymologies

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  • Chilling!

    October 18, 2008

  • The croaking of frogs suddenly ceased. With the watchfulness of a hunted man Dain sat up, listening anxiously, and heard several splashes in the water as the frogs took rapid headers into the creek.

    - Conrad, Almayer's Folly, ch. 11

    October 18, 2008