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.

Definitions of head
  1. noun
    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
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    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
  2. noun
    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
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    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    a person who is in charge
    “the head of the whole operation”
    synonyms: chief, top dog
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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
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    leader
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  5. noun
    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
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    educator, pedagog, pedagogue
    someone who educates young people
  6. noun
    an individual person
    “tickets are $5 per head
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    individual
    a single organism
  7. noun
    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
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    drug user, substance abuser, user
    a person who takes drugs
  8. noun
    a single domestic animal
    “200 head of cattle”
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    domestic animal, domesticated animal
    any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
  9. noun
    (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head
    “call heads or tails!”
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    tail
    (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
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    obverse
    the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
  10. verb
    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
  11. verb
    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  12. verb
    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
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    command, control
    exercise authoritative control or power over
  13. verb
    remove the head of
    head the fish”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  14. noun
    the top of something
    “the head of the stairs”
    “the head of the page”
    “the head of the list”
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    foot
    the lower part of anything
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    top
    the upper part of anything
  15. noun
    the part in the front or nearest the viewer
    “he was at the head of the column”
    synonyms: forefront
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    forepart, front, front end
    the side that is forward or prominent
  16. noun
    the front of a military formation or procession
    “the head of the column advanced boldly”
    “they were at the head of the attack”
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    rear
    the back of a military formation or procession
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    formation
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
  17. noun
    forward movement
    synonyms: headway
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    advance, progress, progression
    a movement forward
  18. noun
    a projection out from one end
    “"the head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin”
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    pinhead
    the head of a pin
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    projection
    any structure that branches out from a central support
  19. noun
    a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
    synonyms: point
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    mark
    a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
  20. noun
    the striking part of a tool
    “the head of the hammer”
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    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
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    striker
    the part of a mechanical device that strikes something
  21. noun
    the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint
    “the head of the humerus”
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  22. noun
    that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  23. noun
    the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
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    peak, point, tip
    a V shape
  24. noun
    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
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    mull
    a term used in Scottish names of promontories
    point
    a promontory extending out into a large body of water
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    elevation, natural elevation
    a raised or elevated geological formation
  25. noun
    the source of water from which a stream arises
    “they tracked him back toward the head of the stream”
    synonyms: fountainhead, headspring
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    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  26. noun
    a rounded compact mass
    “the head of a comet”
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    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  27. noun
    a dense cluster of flowers or foliage
    “a head of cauliflower”
    “a head of lettuce”
    synonyms: capitulum
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    plant organ
    a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
  28. noun
    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
  29. noun
    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
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    subject, theme, topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  30. noun
    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”
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    foam, froth
    a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
  31. noun
    the pressure exerted by a fluid
    “a head of steam”
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    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)
  32. noun
    (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
    synonyms: read/write head
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    coil
    reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
  33. noun
    a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
    synonyms: drumhead
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    membrane
    a thin pliable sheet of material
  34. noun
    a difficult juncture
    “matters came to a head yesterday”
    synonyms: pass, straits
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    juncture, occasion
    an event that occurs at a critical time
  35. verb
    be in the front of or on top of
    “The list was headed by the name of the president”
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    surmount
    be on top of
    crown
    form the topmost part of
    pinnacle
    surmount with a pinnacle
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    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  36. verb
    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
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    draw away
    move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race
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    lead, precede
    move ahead (of others) in time or space
  37. verb
    to go or travel towards
    “where is she heading
    “We were headed for the mountains”
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    make, take
    head into a specified direction
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    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
  38. verb
    form a head or come or grow to a head
    “The wheat headed early this year”
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    form
    assume a form or shape
  39. verb
    take its rise
    “These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas”
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    arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
    come into existence; take on form or shape
  40. noun
    oral stimulation of the genitals
    “they say he gives good head
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    perversion, sexual perversion
    an aberrant sexual practice;
  41. noun
    (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
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    bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
  42. noun
    (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
    synonyms: head word
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    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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