(1)   Oral stimulation of the genitals
"They say he gives good head"
(2)   A single domestic animal
"200 head of cattle"
(3)   A membrane that is stretched taut over a drum
(4)   A projection out from one end
"The head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"
(5)   (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
(6)   The striking part of a tool
"The head of the hammer"
(7)   (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head
"Call heads or tails!"
(8)   (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
(9)   That part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
(10)   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"
(11)   The rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint
"The head of the humerus"
(12)   That which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
"His mind wandered"
"I couldn't get his words out of my head"
(13)   (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
(14)   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"
(15)   The subject matter at issue
"The question of disease merits serious discussion"
"Under the head of minor Roman poets"
(16)   A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
"The point of the arrow was due north"
(17)   Forward movement
"The ship made little headway against the gale"
(18)   A difficult juncture
"A pretty pass"
"Matters came to a head yesterday"
(19)   The front of a military formation or procession
"The head of the column advanced boldly"
"They were at the head of the attack"
(20)   The source of water from which a stream arises
"They tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
(21)   The part in the front or nearest the viewer
"He was in the forefront"
"He was at the head of the column"
(22)   The top of something
"The head of the stairs"
"The head of the page"
"The head of the list"
(23)   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"
(24)   A rounded compact mass
"The head of a comet"
(25)   A natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)


, from , from . Cognate with German , Dutch , Swedish ; the Indo-European root is also the source of Latin .


  1. The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth and main sense organs.
    Be careful when you pet that dog on the head; it may bite.
  2. Mental or emotional aptitude or skill.
    The company is looking for somebody with a good head for business.
    He has no head for heights.
  3. Mind; one's own thoughts.
    This song keeps going through my head.
  4. The topmost, foremost, or leading part.
    What does it say on the head of the page?
  5. The end of a rectangular table furthest from the entrance; traditionally considered a seat of honor.
    During meetings, the supervisor usually sits at the head of the table.
  6. The end of a pool table opposite the end where the balls have been racked.
  7. The principal operative part of a machine.
  8. The end of a hammer, axe, or similar implement used for striking other objects.
  9. The end of a nail, screw, bolt or similar fastener which is opposite the point; usually blunt and relatively wide.
    Hit the nail on the head!
  10. The sharp end of an arrow, spear, or pointer.
    The head of the compass needle is pointing due north.
  11. The source of a river; the end of a lake where a river flows into it.
    The expedition followed the river all the way to the head.
  12. The front of a queue.
    Because you got them all right, you can go to the head.
  13. Headway; progress.
    We are having a difficult time making head against this wind.
  14. The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages.
    Pour me a fresh beer; this one has no head.
  15. The top part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball.
  16. Leader; chief; mastermind.
    I'd like to speak to the head of the department.
    Police arrested the head of the gang in a raid last night.
  17. A headmaster or headmistress.
    I was called into the head's office to discuss my behaviour.
  18. A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Thrown Away’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005 edition, page 18,
      he took them seriously, too, just as seriously as he took the ‘head’ that followed after drink.
  19. A clump of leaves or flowers; a capitulum.
    Give me a head of lettuce.
  20. The rounded part of a bone fitting into a depression in another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.
  21. An individual person.
    Admission is three dollars a head.
  22. A single animal.
    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
  23. the population of game
    we have a heavy head of deer this year
    planting the hedges increased the head of quail and doves
  24. Topic; subject.
    We will consider performance issues under the head of future improvements.
  25. A morpheme that determines the category of a compound or the word that determines the syntactic type of the phrase of which it is a member.
  26. The principal melody or theme of a piece.
  27. Deposits near the top of a geological succession.
  28. The end of an abscess where pus collects.
  29. denouement; crisis
    These isses are going to come to a head today.
  30. A machine element which reads or writes electromagnetic signals to or from a storage medium.
    The heads of your tape player need to be cleaned.
  31. The headstock of a guitar.
  32. A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound.
    Tap the head of the drum for this roll.
  33. The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.
  34. The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinders in an internal combustion engine, containing the valves and spark plugs.
  35. A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head.
    Let the engine build up a good head of steam.
  36. The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point.
  37. More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.
  38. The top of a sail.
  39. The bow of a nautical vessel.
  40. The toilet of a ship.
    I've got to go to the head.
  41. Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral sex
    She gave great head.
  42. The glans penis.
  43. A heavy or habitual user of illicit drugs.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 177,
      The hutch now looks like a “Turkish bath,” and the heads have their arms around one another, passing the pipe and snapping their fingers as they sing Smokey Robinson's “Tracks of My Tears” into the night.
  44. a headland.


caput; (slang) noggin, loaf, (slang) nut, (slang) noodle, (slang) bonce mind composure, poise top boss, chief, leader headmaster (male), headmistress (female), principal (US) lavatory, toilet blowjob, blow job, fellatio, oral sex
  • See also Wikisaurus:head


base, bottom, underside subordinate, underling point, sharp end, tip

Usage notes

  • To is to allow it to run freely. This is used for horses, and, sometimes, figuratively for vehicles.


  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
    head wind


  1. To be in command of. - see also head up
    Who heads the board of trustees?
  2. To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
  3. To move in a specified direction. heading towards something
    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.
  4. To remove the head from a fish.
    The salmon are first headed and then scaled.