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English noun: head

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

SamplesHe stuck his head out the window.


Broader (hypernym)external body part

Narrower (hyponym)human head

Part holonymarteria basilaris, basilar artery, brain, ear, encephalon, face, human face, muzzle, skull, temple

Part meronymanimal, animate being, beast, body, brute, creature, fauna, organic structure, physical structure

2. head (animal) a single domestic animal

Samples200 head of cattle.

Broader (hypernym)domestic animal, domesticated animal

3. head (cognition) that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

SamplesHis mind wandered.
I couldn't get his words out of my head.

Synonymsbrain, mind, nous, psyche

Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)ego, noddle, subconscious, subconscious mind, tabula rasa, unconscious, unconscious mind

4. head (person) a person who is in charge

SamplesThe head of the whole operation.

Synonymschief, top dog

Broader (hypernym)leader

Narrower (hyponym)administrator, administrator, capo, decision maker, department head, don, executive, father, general, general manager, grand dragon, head of household, secretary, superior general

5. head (group) the front of a military formation or procession

SamplesThe head of the column advanced boldly.
They were at the head of the attack.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


6. head (phenomenon) the pressure exerted by a fluid

SamplesA head of steam.

Broader (hypernym)force per unit area, pressure, pressure level

7. head (location) the top of something

SamplesThe head of the stairs.
The head of the page.
The head of the list.

Broader (hypernym)top


8. head (location) the source of water from which a stream arises

SamplesThey tracked him back toward the head of the stream.

Synonymsfountainhead, headspring

Broader (hypernym)beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

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

Synonymshead word

Broader (hypernym)word

Domain categorygrammar

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

Broader (hypernym)peak, point, tip

Part meronymabscess

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

SamplesHe is two heads taller than his little sister.
His horse won by a head.

Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit

12. head (plant) a dense cluster of flowers or foliage

SamplesA head of cauliflower.
A head of lettuce.


Broader (hypernym)plant organ

13. head (person) the educator who has executive authority for a school

SamplesShe sent unruly pupils to see the principal.

Synonymshead teacher, principal, school principal

Broader (hypernym)educator, pedagog, pedagogue

Narrower (hyponym)chancellor, headmaster, headmistress, master, schoolmaster

14. head (person) an individual person

SamplesTickets are $5 per head.

Broader (hypernym)individual

15. head (person) a user of (usually soft) drugs

SamplesThe office was full of secret heads.

Broader (hypernym)drug user, substance abuser, user

Narrower (hyponym)acid head, hash head, pill head, pothead

Domain usagecolloquialism

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

Synonymsforeland, headland, promontory

Broader (hypernym)elevation, natural elevation

Narrower (hyponym)mull, point

Instance hyponymAbila, Abyla, Calpe, Cape Canaveral, Cape Hatteras, Cape Horn, Cape Kennedy, Cape Sable, Gibraltar, Jebel Musa, Rock of Gibraltar

17. head (object) a rounded compact mass

SamplesThe head of a comet.

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

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

SamplesThe beer had a large head of foam.

Broader (hypernym)foam, froth

19. head (location) the part in the front or nearest the viewer

SamplesHe was in the forefront.
He was at the head of the column.


Broader (hypernym)forepart, front, front end

20. head (event) a difficult juncture

SamplesA pretty pass.
Matters came to a head yesterday.

Synonymspass, straits

Broader (hypernym)juncture, occasion

21. head (event) forward movement

SamplesThe ship made little headway against the gale.


Broader (hypernym)advance, progress, progression

22. head (communication) a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

SamplesThe point of the arrow was due north.


Broader (hypernym)mark

Part meronymarrow, pointer

23. head (communication) the subject matter at issue

SamplesThe question of disease merits serious discussion.
Under the head of minor Roman poets.


Broader (hypernym)subject, theme, topic

Narrower (hyponym)matter of fact, matter of law, problem, question of fact, question of law

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

SamplesThe heading seemed to have little to do with the text.

Synonymsheader, heading

Broader (hypernym)line

Narrower (hyponym)crosshead, crossheading, headline, lemma, newspaper headline, rubric, rubric, running head, running headline, statute title, subhead, subheading, title

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

SamplesThe head of the humerus.

Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

26. head (body) that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves

Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

Part meronymskeletal muscle, striated muscle

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

Synonymsread/write head

Broader (hypernym)coil

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

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

SamplesCall heads or tails!.

Broader (hypernym)obverse

Part meronymcoin

Domain usageplural, plural form


29. head (artifact) the striking part of a tool

SamplesThe head of the hammer.

Broader (hypernym)striker

Narrower (hyponym)club head, club-head, clubhead, golf-club head, hammerhead

Part holonymface

Part meronymhammer, ram

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

Broader (hypernym)bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet

31. head (artifact) a projection out from one end

SamplesThe head of the nail.
A pinhead is the head of a pin.

Broader (hypernym)projection

Narrower (hyponym)pinhead

Part meronymbolt, nail, pin, screw

32. head (artifact) a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum


Broader (hypernym)membrane

Part meronymdrum, membranophone, tympan

33. head (act) oral stimulation of the genitals

SamplesThey say he gives good head.

Synonymsoral sex

Broader (hypernym)perversion, sexual perversion

Narrower (hyponym)cunnilinctus, cunnilingus, fellatio, fellation, sixty-nine, soixante-neuf

English verb: head

1. head (motion) to go or travel towards

SamplesWhere is she heading.
We were headed for the mountains.

ExamplesThey head up the hill

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)continue, go forward, proceed

Narrower (hyponym)make, take

2. head (social) be in charge of

SamplesWho is heading this project?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)direct

Narrower (hyponym)captain, chair, chairman, spearhead, take charge, take control, take hold

3. head (motion) travel in front of; go in advance of others

SamplesThe procession was headed by John.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)lead, precede

Narrower (hyponym)draw away

Verb grouphead, head up

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

SamplesThis student heads the class.

Synonymshead up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb grouphead, lead

5. head (motion) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Synonymschannelise, channelize, direct, guide, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)command, control

Narrower (hyponym)canalise, canalize, channel, conn, corner, crab, dock, helm, navigate, navigate, park, pilot, pull over, sheer, stand out, starboard, tree

6. head (stative) take its rise

SamplesThese rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise

7. head (stative) be in the front of or on top of

SamplesThe list was headed by the name of the president.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

Narrower (hyponym)crown, surmount

8. head (stative) form a head or come or grow to a head

SamplesThe wheat headed early this year.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)form

9. head (contact) remove the head of

SamplesHead the fish.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

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