Definitions

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

  • n. A covering, such as a hat or helmet, for the head.
  • n. The part of a harness that fits about a horse's head.
  • n. The rigging for hauling or lifting located at the head of a mine shaft.
  • n. Nautical The rigging on the forward sails of a craft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything worn on the head, such as a helmet.
  • n. The harness that fits on a horse's head.
  • n. The lifting gear at the head of a mine or deep well.
  • n. the rigging on the foresail
  • n. A type of orthodontic appliance attached to dental braces that aids in correcting severe bite problems.

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

  • n. stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
  • n. the hoist at the pithead of a mine
  • n. clothing for the head

Etymologies

head +‎ gear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My gang wears Olive Drab and our headgear is forest green, and it is the most-elite, most-dangerous, highest-trained, baddest gang in the history of the world, and you try to claim you are one of us when you have not earned the right?

    FRANK REYES

  • In almost every other part of the Muslim world, controversy over female headgear is growing.

    The Economist: Muslims and the Veil

  • Oh, screw it; I would care for them as I do my headgear, which is in mint condition after six months of daily use.

    Holly Would Dream

  • One said we don't allow baseball caps or any other headgear, which is sort of an odd thing and you don't classify (INAUDIBLE) or head scarves with baseball caps, so -- but in any case what the ...

    CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2008

  • 'Have the goodness to tell that conceited girl there, that her headgear is the most miserable that ever was seen.'

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844

  • He wore a buff-coat, under which no doubt there would be a shirt of mail; his gorget and wristlets were of polished steel, and his headgear was a steel cap under a cover of peach-coloured velvet.

    The Strolling Saint; being the confessions of the high and mighty Agostino D'Anguissola, tyrant of Mondolfo and Lord of Carmina in the state of Piacenza

  • His close-shaven legs and hindquarters are painted in blue and white zigzags picked out with bands of pale yellow; his high-pommelled saddle is resplendent with velvet and embroidery; and his headgear is all tags, tassels, and fringes.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • The men dress in white linen or pongee trousers, with coat of dark woolen or alpaca; they like foreign shirts and collars, but their headgear is the same as that used by the refugees from Persia over three hundred years ago.

    The Critic in the Orient

  • Their headgear was a cap of any kind, wrapped round and round with the thick folds of a brown puggaree.

    In Times of Peril

  • On Playland's Web site, he noted, rides that allow what the park calls headgear are clearly indicated with the letter H.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • a head-in-gear for a mind-to-sail

    February 12, 2012