Head Definition

Define what is Head?

1. head, caput (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

external body part noun
any body part visible externally.


human head noun
the head of a human being.

2. head (verb)

to go or travel towards.

  • where is she heading.
  • We were headed for the mountains.

go forward, proceed, continue verb
move ahead; travel onward in time or space.


take, make verb
head into a specified direction.

3. head, lead (verb)

be in charge of.

  • Who is heading this project?.
Synonyms: lead

direct verb
be in charge of.


chair, chairman verb
act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university.

captain verb
be the captain of a sports team.

spearhead verb
be the leader of.

take charge, take control, take hold verb
assume control.

4. head (noun)

a single domestic animal.

  • 200 head of cattle.

domestic animal, domesticated animal noun
any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment.

5. head, lead (verb)

travel in front of; go in advance of others.

  • The procession was headed by John.
Synonyms: lead

precede, lead verb
move ahead (of others) in time or space.


draw away verb
move ahead of (one's competitors) in a race.

6. mind, Psyche, nous, brain, head (noun)

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.
Synonyms: mind, Psyche, nous, brain

cognition, knowledge, noesis noun
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning.


noddle noun
an informal British expression for head or mind.

tabula rasa noun
a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke).

ego noun
(psychoanalysis) the conscious mind.

unconscious, unconscious mind noun
that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware.

subconscious, subconscious mind noun
psychic activity just below the level of awareness.

7. chief, top dog, head (noun)

a person who is in charge.

  • the head of the whole operation.
Synonyms: chief, top dog

leader noun
a person who rules or guides or inspires others.


administrator, executive noun
someone who manages a government agency or department.

administrator, decision maker noun
someone who administers a business.

capo noun
the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate.

department head noun
the head of a department.

Don, Father noun
the head of an organized crime family.

superior general, general noun
the head of a religious order or congregation.

general manager noun
the highest ranking manager.

grand dragon noun
a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan.

head of household noun
the head of a household or family or tribe.

secretary noun
a person who is head of an administrative department of government.

8. head up, head (verb)

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

  • This student heads the class.
Synonyms: head up

Be verb
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

9. channelise, maneuver, guide, channelize, steer, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, head, direct (verb)

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling.


    control, command verb
    exercise authoritative control or power over.


    dock verb
    maneuver into a dock.

    sheer verb
    cause to sheer.

    pull over verb
    steer a vehicle to the side of the road.

    helm verb
    be at or take the helm of.

    Crab verb
    direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind.

    navigate verb
    direct carefully and safely.

    stand out verb
    steer away from shore, of ships.

    starboard verb
    turn to the right, of helms or rudders.

    conn verb
    conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane.

    navigate, pilot verb
    act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance.

    canalise, canalize, channel verb
    direct the flow of.

    Tree, corner verb
    force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape.

    Park verb
    maneuver a vehicle into a parking space.

    10. head (noun)

    the front of a military formation or procession.

    • the head of the column advanced boldly.
    • they were at the head of the attack.
    Antonyms: rear (noun)

    the back of a military formation or procession.


    formation noun
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit.

    11. head (noun)

    the pressure exerted by a fluid.

    • a head of steam.

    force per unit area, pressure, pressure level noun
    the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit).

    12. head (verb)

    take its rise.

    • These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas.

    arise, originate, spring up, uprise, develop, grow, rise verb
    come into existence; take on form or shape.

    13. head (noun)

    the top of something.

    • the head of the stairs.
    • the head of the page.
    • the head of the list.
    Antonyms: foot (noun)

    the lower part of anything.


    top noun
    the upper part of anything.

    14. head (verb)

    be in the front of or on top of.

    • The list was headed by the name of the president.

    Lie verb
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position.


    surmount verb
    be on top of.

    Crown verb
    form the topmost part of.

    15. head (verb)

    form a head or come or grow to a head.

    • The wheat headed early this year.

    form verb
    assume a form or shape.

    16. headspring, fountainhead, head (noun)

    the source of water from which a stream arises.

    • they tracked him back toward the head of the stream.

    origin, source, root, rootage, beginning noun
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being.

    17. head (verb)

    remove the head of.

    • head the fish.

    remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.

    18. head word, head (noun)

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

      Synonyms: head word

      Word noun
      a unit of language that native speakers can identify.

      19. head (noun)

      the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates).


        tip, peak, point noun
        a V shape.

        20. head (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.

        linear measure, linear unit noun
        a unit of measurement of length.

        21. capitulum, head (noun)

        a dense cluster of flowers or foliage.

        • a head of cauliflower.
        • a head of lettuce.
        Synonyms: capitulum

        plant organ noun
        a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus.

        22. head teacher, school principal, principal, head (noun)

        the educator who has executive authority for a school.

        • she sent unruly pupils to see the principal.

        educator, pedagog, pedagogue noun
        someone who educates young people.


        Chancellor noun
        the honorary or titular head of a university.

        headmaster, schoolmaster, master noun
        presiding officer of a school.

        headmistress noun
        a woman headmaster.

        23. head (noun)

        an individual person.

        • tickets are $5 per head.

        individual noun
        a single organism.

        24. head (noun)

        a user of (usually soft) drugs.

        • the office was full of secret heads.

        drug user, substance abuser, user noun
        a person who takes drugs.


        acid head noun
        someone who takes LSD.

        hash head noun
        a user of hashish.

        pill head noun
        a consumer of amphetamine pills.

        pothead noun
        someone who smokes marijuana habitually.

        25. foreland, headland, promontory, head (noun)

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


          natural elevation, elevation noun
          a raised or elevated geological formation.


          Mull noun
          a term used in Scottish names of promontories.

          point noun
          a promontory extending out into a large body of water.

          26. head (noun)

          a rounded compact mass.

          • the head of a comet.

          object, physical object noun
          a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow.

          27. head (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.

          foam, froth noun
          a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid.

          28. forefront, head (noun)

          the part in the front or nearest the viewer.

          • he was in the forefront.
          • he was at the head of the column.
          Synonyms: forefront

          forepart, front, front end noun
          the side that is forward or prominent.

          29. straits, pass, head (noun)

          a difficult juncture.

          • a pretty pass.
          • matters came to a head yesterday.
          Synonyms: straits, pass

          juncture, occasion noun
          an event that occurs at a critical time.

          30. headway, head (noun)

          forward movement.

          • the ship made little headway against the gale.
          Synonyms: headway

          advance, progression, progress noun
          a movement forward.

          31. point, head (noun)

          a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer.

          • the point of the arrow was due north.
          Synonyms: point

          Mark noun
          a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation).

          32. question, head (noun)

          the subject matter at issue.

          • the question of disease merits serious discussion.
          • under the head of minor Roman poets.
          Synonyms: question

          subject, theme, topic noun
          the subject matter of a conversation or discussion.


          problem noun
          a question raised for consideration or solution.

          matter of fact, question of fact noun
          a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide.

          matter of law, question of law noun
          a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide.

          33. header, heading, head (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

          line noun
          text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen.


          crosshead, crossheading noun
          a heading of a subsection printed within the body of the text.

          headline, newspaper headline noun
          the heading or caption of a newspaper article.

          lemma noun
          the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry.

          rubric noun
          a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type.

          running head, running headline noun
          a heading printed at the top of every page (or every other page) of a book.

          subhead, subheading noun
          a heading of a subdivision of a text.

          statute title, title, rubric noun
          a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with.

          34. head (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.

          anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure noun
          a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing.

          35. head (noun)

          that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves.


            anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure noun
            a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing.

            36. read/write head, head (noun)

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

              Synonyms: read/write head

              coil noun
              reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit.

              37. head (noun)

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

              • call heads or tails!.
              Antonyms: tail (noun)

              (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head.


              obverse noun
              the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design.

              38. head (noun)

              the striking part of a tool.

              • the head of the hammer.

              striker noun
              the part of a mechanical device that strikes something.


              club-head, club head, clubhead, golf-club head noun
              (golf) the head of the club which strikes the ball.

              hammerhead noun
              the striking part of a hammer.

              39. head (noun)

              (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship.


                John, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet, bathroom, can noun
                a room or building equipped with one or more toilets.

                40. head (noun)

                a projection out from one end.

                • the head of the nail.
                • a pinhead is the head of a pin.

                projection noun
                any structure that branches out from a central support.


                pinhead noun
                the head of a pin.

                41. drumhead, head (noun)

                a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum.

                  Synonyms: drumhead

                  membrane noun
                  a thin pliable sheet of material.

                  42. oral sex, head (noun)

                  oral stimulation of the genitals.

                  • they say he gives good head.
                  Synonyms: oral sex

                  sexual perversion, perversion noun
                  an aberrant sexual practice.


                  cunnilinctus, cunnilingus noun
                  oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris.

                  fellatio, fellation noun
                  oral stimulation of the penis.

                  sixty-nine, soixante-neuf noun
                  oral sex practiced simultaneously by two people.

                  Nearby Terms

                  head ache (noun)
                  pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs

                  head and shoulders above (adverb)
                  outstandingly superior to

                  head blight (noun)
                  a blight of the heads of cereals

                  head cabbage (noun)
                  any of various cultivated cabbage plants having a short thick stalk and large compact head of edible usually green leaves

                  head cabbage plant (noun)
                  any of various cultivated cabbage plants having a short thick stalk and large compact head of edible usually green leaves

                  head cold (noun)
                  a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache

                  head count (noun)
                  number of people in a particular group

                  head covering (noun)
                  a garment that covers the head and face

                  head crash (noun)
                  (computer science) a crash of a read/write head in a hard disk drive (usually caused by contact of the head with the surface of the magnetic disk)

                  head for the hills (verb)
                  flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

                  head game (noun)
                  the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

                  head gasket (noun)
                  a gasket to seal a cylinder head

                  head gate (noun)
                  regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice

                  head home (verb)
                  return home

                  head honcho (noun)
                  an important influential person