Meaning of HEAD in English

HEAD

/ hed; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PART OF BODY

1.

[ C ] the part of the body on top of the neck containing the eyes, nose, mouth and brain :

She nodded her head in agreement.

He shook his head in disbelief.

The boys hung their heads in shame.

The driver suffered head injuries.

She always has her head in a book (= is always reading) .

He still has a good head of hair (= a lot of hair) .

—picture at body

—see also death's head

MIND

2.

[ C ] the mind or brain :

I sometimes wonder what goes on in that head of yours.

I wish you'd use your head (= think carefully before doing or saying sth) .

The thought never entered my head .

I can't work it out in my head —I need a calculator.

I can't get that tune out of my head .

When will you get it into your head (= understand) that I don't want to discuss this any more!

For some reason, she's got it into her head (= believes) that the others don't like her.

Who's been putting such weird ideas into your head (= making you believe that) ?

Try to put the exams out of your head (= stop thinking about them) for tonight.

—see also hothead

MEASUREMENT

3.

a head [ sing. ] the size of a person's or animal's head, used as a measurement of distance or height :

She's a good head taller than her sister.

The favourite won by a short head (= a distance slightly less than the length of a horse's head) .

PAIN

4.

[ C , usually sing. ] ( informal ) a continuous pain in your head

SYN headache :

I woke up with a really bad head this morning.

OF GROUP / ORGANIZATION

5.

[ C , U ] the person in charge of a group of people or an organization :

the heads of government / state

She resigned as head of department .

the crowned heads (= the kings and queens) of Europe

the head gardener / waiter, etc.

( BrE )

the head boy / girl (= a student who is chosen to represent the school)

OF SCHOOL / COLLEGE

6.

[ C ] (often Head ) ( BrE ) the person in charge of a school or college

SYN headmaster , headmistress , head teacher :

I've been called in to see the Head.

the deputy head

SIDE OF COIN

7.

heads [ U ] the side of a coin that has a picture of the head of a person on it, used as one choice when a coin is tossed to decide sth

—compare tails noun (7)

END OF OBJECT

8.

[ C , usually sing. ] head (of sth) the end of a long narrow object that is larger or wider than the rest of it :

the head of a nail

—picture at nail

—see also bedhead

TOP

9.

[ sing. ] head of sth the top or highest part of sth :

at the head of the page

They finished the season at the head of their league.

OF RIVER

10.

[ sing. ] the ~ of the river the place where a river begins

SYN source

OF TABLE

11.

[ sing. ] the ~ of the table the most important seat at a table :

The President sat at the head of the table.

OF LINE OF PEOPLE

12.

[ sing. ] the ~ of sth the position at the front of a line of people :

The prince rode at the head of his regiment.

OF PLANT

13.

[ C ] head (of sth) the mass of leaves or flowers at the end of a stem :

Remove the dead heads to encourage new growth.

ON BEER

14.

[ sing. ] the mass of small bubbles on the top of a glass of beer

OF SPOT

15.

[ C ] the part of a spot on your skin that contains a thick yellowish liquid (= pus )

—see also blackhead

IN TAPE / VIDEO RECORDER

16.

[ C ] the part of a tape recorder or video recorder that touches the tape and changes the electrical signals into sounds and/or pictures

NUMBER OF ANIMALS

17.

head of sth [ pl. ] used to say how many animals of a particular type are on a farm, in a herd , etc. :

200 head of sheep

OF STEAM

18.

a ~ of steam [ sing. ] the pressure produced by steam in a confined space

SEX

19.

[ U ] ( taboo , slang ) oral sex (= using the mouth to give sb sexual pleasure) :

to give head

LINGUISTICS

20.

[ C ] the central part of a phrase, which has the same grammatical function as the whole phrase. In the phrase'the tall man in a suit', man is the head.

IDIOMS

- a / per head

- bang / knock your / their heads together

- be banging, etc. your head against a brick wall

- be / stand head and shoulders above sb/sth

- bite / snap sb's head off

- bring sth to a head | come to a head

- bury / hide your head in the sand

- can't make head nor tail of sth

- do sb's head in

- do sth standing on your head

- from head to foot / toe

- get your head down

- get your head round sth

- give sb their head

- go head to head (with sb)

- go to your head

- have a good head on your shoulders

- have a head for sth

- have your head in the clouds

- have your head screwed on (the right way)

- head first

- head over heels in love

- heads or tails?

- heads will roll (for sth)

- hold your head high | hold up your head

- in over your head

- keep / get your head down

- keep your head | keep a clear / cool head

- keep your head above water

- laugh, scream, etc. your head off

- lose your head

- on your (own) head be it

- out of / off your head

- over sb's head

- put our / your / their heads together

- stand / turn sth on its head

- take it into your head to do sth

- take it into your head that ...

- turn sb's head

- two heads are better than one

—more at bear noun , block noun , bother verb , drum verb , eye noun , gun noun , hair , heart , hit verb , idea , knock verb , laugh verb , need verb , old , price noun , rear verb , ring verb , roof noun , scratch verb , thick adjective , top noun

■ verb

MOVE TOWARDS

1.

[ v ] (also be headed especially in NAmE ) [+ adv. / prep. ] to move in a particular direction :

Where are we heading?

Where are you two headed?

Let's head back home.

She headed for the door.

( figurative )

Can you forecast where the economy is heading?

GROUP / ORGANIZATION

2.

[ vn ] (also ˌhead sth ↔ ˈup ) to lead or be in charge of sth :

She has been appointed to head the research team.

LIST / LINE OF PEOPLE

3.

[ vn ] to be at the top of a list of names or at the front of a line of people :

Italy heads the table after two games.

to head a march / procession

BE AT TOP

4.

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to put a word or words at the top of a page or section of a book as a title :

The chapter was headed 'My Early Life'.

FOOTBALL

5.

[ vn ] to hit a football with your head :

Walsh headed the ball into an empty goal.

PHRASAL VERBS

- be heading for sth

- head sb off

- head sth off

- head sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English hēafod , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoofd and German Haupt .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.