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  1. (countable) The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth, and main sense organs.
    1. (people) To do with heads.
    2. (animals) To do with heads.
  2. (countable) The topmost, foremost, or leading part.
    1. The end of a table.
    2. (countable) The principal operative part of a machine or tool.
    3. The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverages.
    4. (engineering) The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.
    5. (Britain, geology) Deposits near the top of a geological succession.
    6. (medicine) The end of an abscess where pus collects.
    7. (music) The headstock of a guitar.
    8. (nautical) A leading component.
    9. (Britain) A headland.
  3. (social, countable) A leader or expert.
    1. The place of honour, or of command; the most important or foremost position; the front.
    2. Leader; chief; mastermind.
    3. A headmaster or headmistress.
    4. (music) A person with an extensive knowledge of hip hop.
  4. A significant or important part.
    1. A beginning or end, a protuberance.
    2. A component.
  5. Headway; progress.
  6. Topic; subject.
  7. (uncountable) Denouement; crisis.
  8. (fluid dynamics) Pressure and energy.
    1. A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head.
    2. The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point.
    3. More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.
  9. (slang, countable) A heavy or habitual user of illicit drugs.
  10. (obsolete) Power; armed force.
  1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head.
  2. Foremost in rank or importance.
  3. Placed at the top or the front.
  4. Coming from in front.
  1. (transitive) To be in command of. (See also head up.)
  2. (transitive) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
  3. (intransitive) To move in a specified direction.
  4. (fishing) To remove the head from a fish.
  5. (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.
  6. (intransitive) To form a head.
  7. To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head.
  8. To cut off the top of; to lop off.
  9. (obsolete) To behead; to decapitate.
  10. To go in front of; to get in the front of, so as to hinder or stop; to oppose; hence, to check or restrain.
  11. To set on the head.
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