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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.


Synonymscaput


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


Antonymsrear

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


Antonymsfoot

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.


Synonymscapitulum


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.


Synonymsforefront


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.


Synonymsheadway


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.


Synonymspoint


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.


Synonymsquestion


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


Antonymstail

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


Synonymsdrumhead


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?.


Synonymslead


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.


Synonymslead


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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