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Head  (hd), Edith 1898?-1981.
American costume designer for more than 1,000 motion pictures, including All About Eve (1950) and A Place in the Sun (1951).

head  (hd)
n.
1.
a. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
b. The analogous part of an invertebrate organism.
c. The length or height of such a part: The horse lost by a head. She is two heads taller than he is.
2. The seat of the faculty of reason; intelligence, intellect, or mind: I did the figuring in my head.
3. Mental ability or aptitude: She has a good head for mathematics.
4. Freedom of choice or action: Give the child his head and see how well he solves the problems.
5. Slang
a. A habitual drug user. Often used in combination: a dopehead.
b. An enthusiast. Often used in combination: a chilihead.
6. A person considered foolish or contemptible. Often used in combination: a chowderhead.
7. A portrait or representation of a persons head.
8. (used with a sing. verb) The side of a coin having the principal design, often of the head of a famous person, and the date. Often used in the plural with a singular verb.
9. Informal A headache: had a bad head early this morning.
10.
a. An individual; a person: charged five dollars a head.
b. pl. head A single animal: 20 head of cattle.
11.
a. A person who leads, rules, or is in charge; a leader, chief, or director: the head of the corporation.
b. A headmaster or headmistress.
12. The foremost or leading position: marched at the head of the parade.
13. A headwaiter.
14.
a. The difference in depth of a liquid at two given points.
b. Abbr. hd. The measure of pressure at the lower point expressed in terms of this difference.
c. The pressure exerted by a liquid or gas: a head of steam.
d. The liquid or gas exerting the pressure.
15. The froth or foam that rises to the top in pouring an effervescent liquid, such as beer.
16. The tip of an abscess, boil, or pimple, in which pus forms.
17. A turning point; a crisis: bring matters to a head. See Synonyms at crisis.
18.
a. A projection, weight, or fixture at the end of an elongated object: the head of a pin; a head of land overlooking the harbor.
b. The working end of a tool or implement: the head of a hammer.
c. The part of an explosive device that carries the explosive; a warhead.
d. The part of a stringed instrument where the strings are wound; a tuning head.
e. A tuning machine.
19. Anatomy
a. The rounded proximal end of a long bone: the head of the femur.
b. The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
20.
a. An attachment to or part of a machine that holds or contains the operative device.
b. The magnetic head of a tape recorder or VCR.
c. The device in a magnetic disk or tape drive that enables it to read data from and write data to the disk or tape.
21. A rounded compact mass, as of leaves or buds: a head of cabbage.
22. Botany A flower head.
23. The uppermost part; the top: Place the appropriate name at the head of each column.
24. The end considered the most important: sat at the head of the table.
25. Either end of an object, such as a drum, whose two ends are interchangeable.
26. Nautical
a. The forward part of a vessel.
b. The top part or upper edge of a sail.
27. A toilet, especially on a ship.
28. A passage or gallery in a coal mine.
29. Abbr. hd. Printing
a. The top of a book or page.
b. A headline or heading.
c. A distinct topic or category: under the head of recent Spanish history.
30. Headway; progress.
31. Linguistics The word in a construction that has the same grammatical function as the construction as a whole and that determines relationships of concord to other parts of the construction or sentence in which the construction occurs.
32. Vulgar Slang Oral sex.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination: headshaking; headwrap.
2. Foremost in rank or importance: the head librarian.
3. Placed at the top or the front: the head name on the list.
4. Slang Of, relating to, or for drugs or drug users.
v. head·ed, head·ing, heads
v.tr.
1. To be in charge of; lead: The minister headed the committee.
2. To be in the first or foremost position of: Collins heads the list of job candidates.
3. To aim, point, or turn in a certain direction: headed the team of horses up the hill.
4. To remove the head or top of.
5. Sports To hit (a soccer ball) in the air with ones head.
6. To provide with a head: head each column with a number; headed the flagpole with a golden ball.
v.intr.
1. To proceed or go in a certain direction: head for town.
2. To form a head, as lettuce or cabbage.
3. To originate, as a stream or river; rise.
Phrasal Verb:
head off
To block the progress or completion of; intercept: Try to head him off before he gets home. The town headed off the attempt to build another mall.
Idioms:
have a big/swelled head
To be overly self-confident or conceited.
head and shoulders above
Far superior to: head and shoulders above her colleagues in analytical capability.
head over heels
1. Rolling, as in a somersault: tripped and fell head over heels.
2. Completely; hopelessly: head over heels in love.
keep (ones) head
To remain calm; remain in control of oneself.
lose (ones) head
To lose ones poise or self-control.
off/out of (ones) head
Insane; crazy.
on (ones) head
As ones responsibility or fault: If this project fails, its on your head.
over (ones) head
1. Beyond ones comprehension.
2. Beyond ones financial means.
put heads together
To consult and plan together: Lets put our heads together and solve this problem.

[Middle English, from Old English hafod; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]


head  /hd/  n. 1 [C] the part of the body that contains the face, ears, hair, skull, and brain: That boy shaved his head. 2 [C] the place where thinking happens: I cant seem to get this idea out of my head. 3 [C] ability: She has a good head for numbers. 4 [C] intelligence: She used her head in solving that difficult problem. 5 [C] leader, chief: She is the head of the finance committee.||The heads of state met to discuss the peace plan. 6 [U] the position at the beginning, top, or front: He is standing at the head of the line.||She is at the head of her class. 7 [U] each person: The entrance fee is $10.00 per head. 8 [U] foam on beer: German beer produces a thick head. 9 head and shoulders above: much better than: He is head and shoulders above the other students. 10 head over heels: a. to fall down: He fell head over heels down the stairs. b. fig. to fall in love: He fell head over heels in love with her. 11 heads or tails: the side of a coin showing a persons face and head, as opposed to the other side: Which do you choose, heads or tails? 12 Heads up! Watch out!: Heads up; Im coming through with boiling hot water! 13 not to make head or tail of or out of: not to be able to figure out, comprehend: This map is so confusing that I cant make head or tail of where we are. 14 over ones head: beyond ones abilities: That project is too technical for him; its over his head. 15 to come to a head: to reach a critical point, require action: He has not paid his rent, and things have come to a head; his landlord is evicting him. 16 to give s.o. his or her head: to give s.o. freedom to act: He has acted responsibly, and it is time to give him his head to run the business on his own. 17 to go to ones head: a. to make s.o. drunk, intoxicated: The beer has gone to his head. b. to cause s.o. to become overly proud or arrogant: His promotion has gone to his head; now he thinks hes better than everyone else. 18 to have a good head on ones shoulders: to act intelligently: Many smart people do stupid things, but this girl has a good head on her shoulders. 19 to keep ones head: to stay calm: The doctor keeps her head in an emergency. 20 fig.infrml. to lose ones head: to act irrationally, recklessly: He lost his head and started a fight.
adj. first or most important: She is sitting at the head table next to the head man.
v. 1 [T] to lead, be in charge of: My father heads a large corporation. 2 [I;T] to move in a certain direction: Lets head for home (Canada, port, etc.).||Our ship is headed west. 3 [T] to move toward a condition or result: That fellow is headed for trouble.||She is a great swimmer and is headed for victory. 4 phrasal v. insep. [T] to head for s.t.: to go in the direction of: Instead of going to the beach, we headed for the mountains. 5 phrasal v. sep. to head s.o. or s.t. off: a. [I] to leave: I have to head off now and will see you tomorrow. b. [T] to prevent: He headed off financial trouble by selling his stocks before the crash.||He headed it off. head

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