Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A covering, such as a hat or helmet, for the head.
  • noun An orthodontic brace extending around the head from one side of the mouth to the other, used to reposition the teeth or to restrict the growth of the upper jaw.
  • noun The part of a harness that fits about a horse's head.
  • noun The rigging for hauling or lifting located at the head of a mine shaft.
  • noun Nautical The rigging on the forward sails of a craft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Anything worn on the head, such as a helmet.
  • noun The harness that fits on a horse's head.
  • noun The lifting gear at the head of a mine or deep well.
  • noun nautical the rigging on the foresail
  • noun orthodontics 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.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

head +‎ gear

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

  • 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

  • '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

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  • a head-in-gear for a mind-to-sail

    February 12, 2012