adj 1: (of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; "his
arch rival"; "the boss man"; "the chief executive";
"head librarian"; "top administrators" [syn: arch(a)
2: (grammar) of a word in a phrase; the word playing the same
grammatical role in the sentence that the phrase itself
plays; "the head noun in the phrase `fresh fish' is
`fish,' which is the direct object in the sentence `I
bought fresh fish'" [syn: head(a)
n 1: the upper or front part of the body in animals; contains the
face and brains; "he stuck his head out the window"
2: a single domestic animal: "200 head of cattle"
3: 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" [syn: mind
4: a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
, top dog
5: the front of a military formation or procession; "the head
of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of
the attack" [ant: rear
6: the pressure exerted by a fluid; "a head of steam"
7: the top of something; "the head of the stairs"; "the head of
the page"; "the head of the list" [ant: foot
8: the source of water from which a stream arises; "they
tracked him back toward the head of the stream" [syn: fountainhead
9: (linguistics) the word in a grammatical constituent that
plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent
[syn: head word
10: the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
11: 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"
12: a dense clusters of flowers or foliage: "a head of
cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce" [syn: capitulum
13: the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she
sent unruly pupils to see the principal" [syn: principal
, head teacher
14: an individual person; "tickets are $5 per head"
15: (informal) a user of (usually soft) drugs; "the office was
full of secret heads"
16: a rounded compact mass; "the head of a comet"
17: 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"
18: the part in the front or nearest the viewer; "he was in the
forefront"; "he was at the head of the column" [syn: forefront
19: a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a
head yesterday" [syn: pass
20: forward movement; "the ship made little headway against the
gale" [syn: headway
21: a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point
of the arrow was due north" [syn: point
22: the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits
serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman
poets" [syn: question
23: 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" [syn: heading
24: the rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in
another bone to form a joint; "the head of the humerus"
25: that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone
that it moves
26: (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal
pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk
[syn: read/write head
27: (usually plural) an obverse side of a coin that bears the
representation of a person's head; "call heads or tails!"
28: the striking part of a tool; "the head of the hammer"
29: a toilet on board a boat or ship
30: a projection out from one end; "the head of the nail", "a
pinhead is the head of a pin"
31: a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum [syn: drumhead
32: oral-genital stimulation; "they say he gives good head"
[syn: oral sex
v 1: to go or travel towards: "where is she heading"; "We were
headed for the mountains"
2: be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?" [syn: lead
3: travel in front of; go in advance of others: "The procession
was headed by John" [syn: lead
4: be the first or leading member of (a group) [syn: head up
5: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
6: be in the front of or on top of; "The list was headed by the
name of the president"