What is head?

  • (noun): The subject matter at issue.
    Example: "Under the head of minor Roman poets"
    Synonyms: question
    See also — Additional definitions below


In anatomy, the head of an animal is the rostral part (from anatomical position) that usually comprises the brain, eyes, ears, nose and mouth (all of which aid in various sensory functions, such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste). Some very simple animals may not have a head, but many bilaterally symmetric forms do. Heads develop in animals by an evolutionary trend known as cephalization. In bilaterally symmetrical animals, nerve tissues concentrate at the anterior region, forming structures responsible for information processing. Through biological evolution, sense organs and feeding structures also concentrate into the anterior region, which collectively form the head.

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Osnabrück (district) - Politics - Head of The District Authority
... Manfred Hugo is the full-time Landrat (head of the district authority) since the 1st of July, 2002 ... From 1993 until June, 2002 he was the honorary head of the district authority ...
Mace (club)
... A mace is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge—that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows ... heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel ... The head of a military mace can be shaped with flanges or knobs to allow greater penetration of plate armour ...
Head Injury
... Head injury refers to trauma of the head ... However, the terms traumatic brain injury and head injury are often used interchangeably in medical literature ... The incidence (number of new cases) of head injury is 300 of every 100,000 per year (0.3% of the population), with a mortality rate of 25 per 100,000 in North America and 9 per 100,000 in Britain ...
Orion (constellation) - Notable Features - Head
... Three stars compose a small triangle which mark the head ... The apex is marked by Meissa (Lambda Orionis), a hot blue giant of spectral type O8 III and apparent magnitude 3.54 which lies some 1100 light years distant ...
Politics Of Yemen
... democratic republic, where the President of Yemen is the head of state, while the Prime Minister of Yemen (who is appointed by the President) is the head of government ... The president is head of state, and the prime minister is head of government ...

More definitions of "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
  • (verb): Be in the front of or on top of.
    Example: "The list was headed by the name of the president"
  • (noun): Forward movement.
    Synonyms: headway
  • (noun): A person who is in charge.
    Example: "The head of the whole operation"
    Synonyms: chief, top dog
  • (noun): The upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains.
    Example: "He stuck his head out the window"
    Synonyms: caput
  • (verb): To go or travel towards.
    Example: "Where is she heading"; "We were headed for the mountains"
  • (noun): A dense clusters of flowers or foliage.
    Example: "A head of cauliflower"; "a head of lettuce"
    Synonyms: capitulum
  • (verb): Form a head or come or grow to a head.
    Example: "The wheat headed early this year"
  • (verb): Take its rise.
    Example: "These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas"
  • (noun): That part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves.
  • (noun): (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship.
  • (noun): A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer.
    Synonyms: point
  • (noun): Oral-genital stimulation.
    Example: "They say he gives good head"
    Synonyms: oral sex
  • (noun): A membrane that is stretched taut over a drum.
    Synonyms: drumhead
  • (noun): The length or height based on the size of a human or animal head.
    Example: "He is two heads taller than his little sister"; "his horse won by a head"
  • (noun): The rounded end of a bone that bits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint.
    Example: "The head of the humerus"
  • (noun): The foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container.
    Example: "The beer had a large head of foam"
  • (noun): A rounded compact mass.
    Example: "The head of a comet"
  • (noun): That which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason.
    Example: "I couldn't get his words out of my head"
    Synonyms: mind, brain, psyche, nous
  • (noun): The pressure exerted by a fluid.
    Example: "A head of steam"
  • (verb): Be in charge of.
    Synonyms: lead
  • (noun): The part in the front or nearest the viewer.
    Example: "He was at the head of the column"
    Synonyms: forefront
  • (noun): (usually plural) an obverse side of a coin that bears the representation of a person's head.
    Example: "Call heads or tails!"
  • (noun): The source of water from which a stream arises.
    Example: "They tracked him back toward the head of the stream"
    Synonyms: fountainhead, headspring
  • (noun): A projection out from one end.
    Example: "The head of the nail", "a pinhead is the head of a pin"
  • (noun): A difficult juncture.
    Example: "Matters came to a head yesterday"
    Synonyms: pass, straits
  • (noun): A single domestic animal.
    Example: "200 head of cattle"
  • (verb): Remove the head of.
    Example: "Head the fish"
  • (noun): The tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates).
  • (noun): The striking part of a tool.
    Example: "The head of the hammer"
  • (verb): Travel in front of; go in advance of others.
    Synonyms: lead
  • (noun): (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent.
    Synonyms: head word
  • (noun): The top of something.
    Example: "The head of the stairs"; "the head of the page"; "the head of the list"
  • (noun): A user of (usually soft) drugs.
    Example: "The office was full of secret heads"
  • (noun): A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about.
    Synonyms: heading, header
  • (noun): The front of a military formation or procession.
    Example: "The head of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of the attack"
  • (noun): An individual person.
    Example: "Tickets are $5 per head"
  • (verb): Be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel.
    Synonyms: head up

Famous quotes containing the word head:

    Gentlemen, no one objects to the husband being the head of the wife as Christ was the head of the church—to crucify himself; what we object to is his crucifying his wife.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)

    A man whose mind feels that it is captive would prefer to blind himself to the fact. But if he hates falsehood, he will not do so; and in that case he will have to suffer a lot. He will beat his head against the wall until he faints. He will come to again and look with terror at the wall, until one day he begins afresh to beat his head against it; and once again he will faint. And so on endlessly and without hope. One day he will wake up on the other side of the wall.
    Simone Weil (1909–1943)

    The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)