head

On a human body, the head is the part with your skull, brain, eyes, ears, and mouth. Nod your head if you understand which part of your body includes your head.

In music, the head of a drum is a membrane that stretches over the drum's shell. When you strike the head with sticks or brushes, you can create rhythms. A person who is in charge of a group of people is also called a head. The principal is the head of the school. As a verb, head can also mean to be in charge of or to move in a particular direction.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: head

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the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains
be in charge of
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nv
the top of something
be in the front of or on top of
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n
oral stimulation of the genitals
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n
(nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
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n
(grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: head
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n 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”
Synonyms:
caput
Types:
human head
the head of a human being
bullethead
a head shaped like a bullet
attic, bean, bonce, dome, noggin, noodle
informal terms for a human head
Type of:
external body part
any body part visible externally

n 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
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

n that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

“I couldn't get his words out of my head
Synonyms:
brain, mind, nous, psyche
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noddle
an informal British expression for head or mind
tabula rasa
a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
ego
(psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
unconscious, unconscious mind
that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
subconscious, subconscious mind
psychic activity just below the level of awareness
Type of:
cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

n a person who is in charge

“the head of the whole operation”
Synonyms:
chief, top dog
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Haman
(Old Testament) the minister of the Persian emperor who hated the Jews and was hanged for plotting to massacre them
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
British colonial administrator who founded Singapore (1781-1826)
Cesar Ritz
Swiss hotelier who created a chain of elegant hotels (1850-1918)
Petrus Stuyvesant
the last Dutch colonial administrator of New Netherland; in 1664 he was forced to surrender the colony to England (1592-1672)
Ahmed Zoki Yamani
Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum who was a central figure in the creation of OPEC (born in 1930)
Albert Gore Jr.
Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
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administrator, executive
someone who manages a government agency or department
administrator, decision maker
someone who administers a business
capo
the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
department head
the head of a department
don, father
the head of an organized crime family
general, superior general
the head of a religious order or congregation
general manager
the highest ranking manager
grand dragon
a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan
head of household
the head of a household or family or tribe
secretary
a person who is head of an administrative department of government
academic administrator
an administrator in a college or university
commissioner
a government administrator
director, manager, managing director
someone who controls resources and expenditures
DCI, Director of Central Intelligence
the head of the United States Intelligence Community and director of the Central Intelligence Agency
executive, executive director
a person responsible for the administration of a business
hosteller, hotel manager, hotelier, hotelkeeper, hotelman
an owner or manager of hotels
land agent
a person who administers a landed estate
materfamilias, matriarch
a female head of a family or tribe
paterfamilias, patriarch
the male head of family or tribe
prefect
a chief officer or chief magistrate
Attorney General, US Attorney General, United States Attorney General
the person who holds the position of secretary of the Justice Department
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Agriculture
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Commerce
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Education
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Labor
Secretary of State
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of State
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Interior Department
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Treasury Department
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Transportation
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary General
a person who is a chief administrator (as of the United Nations)
security director
head of a private security force working for a business or industry
triumvir
one of a group of three sharing public administration or civil authority especially in ancient Rome
undersecretary
a secretary immediately subordinate to the head of a department of government
vice chancellor
a deputy or assistant to someone bearing the title of chancellor
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others

n the educator who has executive authority for a school

Synonyms:
head teacher, principal, school principal
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chancellor
the honorary or titular head of a university
headmaster, master, schoolmaster
presiding officer of a school
headmistress
a woman headmaster
housemaster
teacher in charge of a school boardinghouse
Type of:
educator, pedagog, pedagogue
someone who educates young people

n an individual person

“tickets are $5 per head
Type of:
individual
a single organism

n a user of (usually soft) drugs

“the office was full of secret heads
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acid head
someone who takes LSD
hash head
a user of hashish
pill head
a consumer of amphetamine pills
pothead
someone who smokes marijuana habitually
Type of:
drug user, substance abuser, user
a person who takes drugs

n a single domestic animal

“200 head of cattle”
Type of:
domestic animal, domesticated animal
any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment

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

“call heads or tails!”
Antonyms:
tail
(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
Type of:
obverse
the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design

v be in charge of

“Who is heading this project?”
Synonyms:
lead
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chair, chairman
act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
captain
be the captain of a sports team
spearhead
be the leader of
take charge, take control, take hold
assume control
move in on
seize control of
Type of:
direct
be in charge of

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

“This student heads the class”
Synonyms:
head up
lead
travel in front of; go in advance of others
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Synonyms:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
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dock
maneuver into a dock
sheer
cause to sheer
pull over
steer a vehicle to the side of the road
helm
be at or take the helm of
crab
direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
navigate
direct carefully and safely
stand out
steer away from shore, of ships
starboard
turn to the right, of helms or rudders
conn
conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane
navigate, pilot
act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
canalise, canalize, channel
direct the flow of
corner, tree
force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
park
maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
dry-dock, drydock
maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
astrogate
guide in interplanetary travel
angle-park
park at an angle
parallel-park
park directly behind another vehicle
double-park
park a vehicle alongside another
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v remove the head of

head the fish”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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n the top of something

“the head of the stairs”
“the head of the page”
“the head of the list”
Antonyms:
foot
the lower part of anything
Type of:
top
the upper part of anything

n the part in the front or nearest the viewer

“he was at the head of the column”
Synonyms:
forefront
Type of:
forepart, front, front end
the side that is forward or prominent

n the front of a military formation or procession

“the head of the column advanced boldly”
“they were at the head of the attack”
Antonyms:
rear
the back of a military formation or procession
Type of:
formation
an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

n forward movement

Synonyms:
headway
Type of:
advance, progress, progression
a movement forward

n a projection out from one end

“"the head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin”
Types:
pinhead
the head of a pin
Type of:
projection
any structure that branches out from a central support

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

Synonyms:
point
Type of:
mark
a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)

n the striking part of a tool

“the head of the hammer”
Types:
club head, club-head, clubhead, golf-club head
(golf) the head of the club which strikes the ball
hammerhead
the striking part of a hammer
Type of:
striker
the part of a mechanical device that strikes something

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

“the head of the humerus”
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

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

Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

n the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

Type of:
peak, point, tip
a V shape

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

Synonyms:
foreland, headland, promontory
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Cape Horn
a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
Rock of Gibraltar
location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Cape Hatteras
a promontory on Hatteras Island off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina
Cape Canaveral
a sandy promontory (formerly Cape Kennedy) extending into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island off the eastern coast of Florida; the site of a NASA center for spaceflight
Cape Sable
a promontory on the far southern part of Nova Scotia
Jebel Musa
a promontory in northern Morocco opposite the Rock of Gibraltar; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Types:
mull
a term used in Scottish names of promontories
point
a promontory extending out into a large body of water
Type of:
elevation, natural elevation
a raised or elevated geological formation

n the source of water from which a stream arises

“they tracked him back toward the head of the stream”
Synonyms:
fountainhead, headspring
Type of:
beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
the place where something begins, where it springs into being

n a rounded compact mass

“the head of a comet”
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n a dense cluster of flowers or foliage

“a head of cauliflower”
“a head of lettuce”
Synonyms:
capitulum
Type of:
plant organ
a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus

n 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”
Synonyms:
header, heading
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crosshead, crossheading
a heading of a subsection printed within the body of the text
headline, newspaper headline
the heading or caption of a newspaper article
lemma
the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry
rubric
a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
running head, running headline
a heading printed at the top of every page (or every other page) of a book
subhead, subheading
a heading of a subdivision of a text
rubric, statute title, title
a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
running title
the title (or a shortened title) of a book used as a running head
drop line, dropline, stagger head, staggered head, stephead, stepped line
a headline with the top line flush left and succeeding lines indented to the right
screamer
a sensational newspaper headline
banner, streamer
a newspaper headline that runs across the full page
title
a general or descriptive heading for a section of a written work
Type of:
line
text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

n the subject matter at issue

“under the head of minor Roman poets”
Synonyms:
question
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problem
a question raised for consideration or solution
matter of fact, question of fact
a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide
matter of law, question of law
a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
case
a problem requiring investigation
homework problem
a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
brain-teaser, conundrum, enigma, riddle
a difficult problem
poser, sticker, stumper, toughie
a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
Gordian knot
any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
koan
a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
pons asinorum
a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
rebus
a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
Type of:
subject, theme, topic
the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

n 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”
Type of:
foam, froth
a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid

n the pressure exerted by a fluid

“a head of steam”
Type of:
force per unit area, pressure, pressure level
the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)

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

Synonyms:
read/write head
Type of:
coil
reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit

n a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

Synonyms:
drumhead
Type of:
membrane
a thin pliable sheet of material

n a difficult juncture

“matters came to a head yesterday”
Synonyms:
pass, straits
Type of:
juncture, occasion
an event that occurs at a critical time

v be in the front of or on top of

“The list was headed by the name of the president”
Types:
surmount
be on top of
crown
form the topmost part of
pinnacle
surmount with a pinnacle
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v travel in front of; go in advance of others

“The procession was headed by John”
Synonyms:
lead
head up
be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel
Types:
draw away
move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
Type of:
lead, precede
move ahead (of others) in time or space

v to go or travel towards

“where is she heading
“We were headed for the mountains”
Types:
make, take
head into a specified direction
Type of:
continue, go forward, proceed
move ahead; travel onward in time or space

v form a head or come or grow to a head

“The wheat headed early this year”
Type of:
form
assume a form or shape

v take its rise

“These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas”
Type of:
arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
come into existence; take on form or shape
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n oral stimulation of the genitals

“they say he gives good head
Synonyms:
oral sex
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cunnilinctus, cunnilingus
oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris
fellatio, fellation
oral stimulation of the penis
sixty-nine, soixante-neuf
oral sex practiced simultaneously by two people
blowjob, cock sucking
slang for fellatio
Type of:
perversion, sexual perversion
an aberrant sexual practice;
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n (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

Type of:
bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet
a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
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n (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

Synonyms:
head word
Type of:
word
a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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