(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head.

2. Foremost in rank or importance.

- the head cook

3. Placed at the top or the front.

4. Coming from in front.

- head sea;


1. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

- he stuck his head out the window

Similar word(s): caput

Definition categories: body

2. a single domestic animal

- 200 head of cattle

Definition categories: animal

3. that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; the seat of the faculty of reason

- I couldn't get his words out of my head

Similar word(s): brain, mind, nous, psyche

Definition categories: thought, cognition, knowledge, noesis

4. a person who is in charge

- the head of the whole operation

Similar word(s): chief

Definition categories: person, leader

5. the front of a military formation or procession

- the head of the column advanced boldly

- they were at the head of the attack

Definition categories: group, formation

6. the pressure exerted by a fluid

- a head of steam

Definition categories: phenomenon, pressure

7. the top of something

- the head of the stairs

- the head of the page

- the head of the list

Definition categories: location, top

8. the source of water from which a stream arises

- they tracked him back toward the head of the stream

Similar word(s): fountainhead, headspring

Definition categories: location, beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

9. (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

Definition categories: communication, word

10. the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

Definition categories: state, peak, point, tip

11. the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head

- he is two heads taller than his little sister

- his horse won by a head

Definition categories: quantity

12. a dense cluster of flowers or foliage

- a head of cauliflower

- a head of lettuce

Similar word(s): capitulum

Definition categories: plant

13. the educator who has executive authority for a school

Similar word(s): principal

Definition categories: person, educator, pedagog, pedagogue

14. an individual person

- tickets are $5 per head

Definition categories: person, individual

15. a user of (usually soft) drugs

- the office was full of secret heads

Definition categories: person, user

16. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

Similar word(s): foreland, headland, promontory

Definition categories: object, elevation

17. a rounded compact mass

- the head of a comet

Definition categories: object

18. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container

- the beer had a large head of foam

Definition categories: object, foam, froth

19. the part in the front or nearest the viewer

- he was at the head of the column

Similar word(s): forefront

Definition categories: location, forepart, front

20. a difficult juncture

- matters came to a head yesterday

Similar word(s): pass, straits

Definition categories: event, juncture, occasion

21. forward movement

- the ship made little headway against the gale

Similar word(s): headway

Definition categories: event, advance, progress, progression

22. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

Similar word(s): point

Definition categories: communication, mark

23. the subject matter at issue

- under the head of minor Roman poets

Similar word(s): question

Definition categories: communication, subject, theme, topic

24. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

- the heading seemed to have little to do with the text

Similar word(s): header, heading

Definition categories: communication, line

25. the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

- the head of the humerus

Definition categories: body, structure

26. that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves

Definition categories: body, structure

27. (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk

Definition categories: man–made, coil

28. (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head

- call heads or tails!

Definition categories: man–made, obverse

29. the striking part of a tool

- the head of the hammer

Definition categories: man–made, striker

30. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

Definition categories: man–made, bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet

31. a projection out from one end

- the head of the nail

- a pinhead is the head of a pin

Definition categories: man–made, projection

32. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

Similar word(s): drumhead

Definition categories: man–made, membrane

33. oral stimulation of the genitals

- they say he gives good head

Definition categories: act, perversion

Sentences with head as a noun:

- Be careful when you pet that dog on the head; it may bite.

- The company is looking for people with good heads for business.

- He has no head for heights.

- This song keeps going through my head.

- a laced head;

- Admission is three dollars a head.

- 200 head of cattle and 50 head of horses

- 12 head of big cattle and 14 head of branded calves

- at five years of age this head of cattle is worth perhaps $40

- a reduction in the assessment per head of sheep

- they shot 20 head of quail

- we have a heavy head of deer this year;

- What does it say at the head of the page?

- During meetings, the supervisor usually sits at the head of the table.

- Hit the nail on the head!

- The head of the compass needle is pointing due north.

- Tap the head of the drum for this roll.

- The heads of your tape player need to be cleaned.

- Pour me a fresh beer; this one has no head.

- The king sat at the head of the table.

- I'd like to speak to the head of the department.

- Police arrested the head of the gang in a raid last night.

- I was called into the head's office to discuss my behaviour.

- Only true heads know this.

- The expedition followed the river all the way to the head.

- Give me a head of lettuce.

- I've got to go to the head.

- We are having a difficult time making head against this wind.

- We will consider performance issues under the head of future improvements.

- These isses are going to come to a head today.

- Let the engine build up a good head of steam.

- She gave great head.


1. to go or travel towards

- where is she heading

- We were headed for the mountains

Definition categories: motion, continue, proceed

2. be in charge of

- Who is heading this project?

Similar word(s): lead

Definition categories: social, direct

3. travel in front of; go in advance of others

- The procession was headed by John

Similar word(s): lead

Definition categories: motion, lead, precede

4. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

- This student heads the class

Definition categories: stative, be

5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Similar word(s): channelise, channelize, direct, guide, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

Definition categories: motion, command, control

6. take its rise

- These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas

Definition categories: stative, arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, uprise

7. be in the front of or on top of

- The list was headed by the name of the president

Definition categories: stative, lie

8. form a head or come or grow to a head

- The wheat headed early this year

Definition categories: stative, form

9. remove the head of

- head the fish

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with head as a verb:

- Who heads the board of trustees?

- to head an army, an expedition, or a riot

- We are going to head up North for our holiday. We will head off tomorrow. Next holiday we will head out West, or head to Chicago. Right now I need to head into town to do some shopping.

- I'm fed up working for a boss. I'm going to head out on my own, set up my own business.

- How does the ship head?

- The salmon are first headed and then scaled.

- This kind of cabbage heads early.

- to head trees

- to head a drove of cattle; to head a person; the wind heads a ship

- to head a cask