Definitions

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

  • noun A nonmoving part of a machine or power tool that supports a revolving part, such as the spindle of a lathe.
  • noun The part of a stringed instrument adjoined to the end of the neck, where the strings are wound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In machinery: The framing used to support the gudgeons of a wheel.
  • noun In a lathe, the frame which supports the live spindle, to which the work is chucked or dogged, as distinguished from the tail-stock, which supports the dead spindle; the live head.
  • noun The transverse member which forms the end of the under frame of an American railroad-car.
  • noun The central frame of a spinning-mule, containing the operative mechanism of the machine.
  • noun The wooden cross-beam to which a bell is bolted and which serves as the pivot on which it swings. Also called stock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The part of a lathe that holds the revolving spindle and its attachments; -- also called poppet head, the opposite corresponding part being called a tailstock.
  • noun The part of a planing machine that supports the cutter, etc.

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

  • noun A part of a machine (such as a lathe or drill) that supports a rotating part
  • noun A beam that supports a bell
  • noun A clamp that restrains a cow by the neck
  • noun The part of a guitar that holds the tensioning screws of the strings

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

  • noun the stationary support in a machine or power tool that supports and drives a revolving part (as a chuck or the spindle on a lathe)

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Examples

  • Recently cultivated strains of moustache such as the Octopus also feature prominently, and the headstock is graced with an inspiring moustache quote, sure to please any moustache fancier.

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  • A Gibson Les Paul headstock is shorter - one prospective buyer came all the way over with his Epi LP, only to find out it was too long for this case by about an inch or so.

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  • It looks like the headstock is the same or similar to the headstocks used on the Masterbilt guitars (and the mandolin prototypes discussed recently).

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  • It looks like the headstock is the same or similar to the headstocks used on the Masterbilt guitars (and the mandolin prototypes discussed recently).

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  • The distance between the five buttons by the headstock is the same on the various guitars we own.

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  • It looks like the headstock is the same or similar to the headstocks used on the Masterbilt guitars (and the mandolin prototypes discussed recently).

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  • The classic flowerpot inlay at the headstock is a classy touch.

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  • It doesn't refer to the sounds it makes but to the builders logo on the headstock which is a cute little tree frog.

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  • This bell was cast at the old Cripplegate Foundry, London, and is hung from a very large wooden headstock which is turned by fabricated metal wheels.

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  • If I ever do quit my job and form a band, I'll be sure to notify you to get a bouquet to strap to the headstock of my bass guitar.

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  • On a guitar, the flat area at the end of the neck where the tuning heads are located. Also known as a peghead.

    November 15, 2007