Edith head



[hed] /hɛd/

noun
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Edith, 1897–1981, U.S. costume designer.
/hɛd/
noun
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the upper or front part of the body in vertebrates, including man, that contains and protects the brain, eyes, mouth, and nose and ears when present related adjective cephalic
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the corresponding part of an invertebrate animal
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something resembling a head in form or function, such as the top of a tool
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the position of leadership or command: at the head of his class
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the highest part of a thing; upper end: the head of the pass
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the froth on the top of a glass of beer
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aptitude, intelligence, and emotions (esp in the phrases above or over one’s head, have a head for, keep one’s head, lose one’s head, etc): she has a good head for figures, a wise old head
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(pl) head. a person or animal considered as a unit: the show was two pounds per head, six hundred head of cattle
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the head considered as a measure of length or height: he’s a head taller than his mother
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(botany)

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a culmination or crisis (esp in the phrase bring or come to a head)
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the pus-filled tip or central part of a pimple, boil, etc
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the head considered as the part of the body on which hair grows densely: a fine head of hair
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the source or origin of a river or stream
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(capital when part of name) a headland or promontory, esp a high one
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the obverse of a coin, usually bearing a portrait of the head or a full figure of a monarch, deity, etc Compare tail1
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a main point or division of an argument, discourse, etc
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(often pl) the headline at the top of a newspaper article or the heading of a section within an article
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(nautical)

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(grammar) another word for governor (sense 7)
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the taut membrane of a drum, tambourine, etc
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(slang)

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(mining) a road driven into the coal face
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a device on a turning or boring machine, such as a lathe, that is equipped with one or more cutting tools held to the work by this device
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See cylinder head
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an electromagnet that can read, write, or erase information on a magnetic medium such as a magnetic tape, disk, or drum, used in computers, tape recorders, etc
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(informal) short for headmaster, headmistress
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(informal) short for headache
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(curling) the stones lying in the house after all 16 have been played
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(bowls) the jack and the bowls that have been played considered together as a target area
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(rugby) against the head, from the opposing side’s put-in to the scrum
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bite someone’s head off, snap someone’s head off, to speak sharply and angrily to someone
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(bring or come to a head)

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get it into one’s head, to come to believe (an idea, esp a whimsical one): he got it into his head that the earth was flat
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(slang) give head, to perform fellatio
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give someone his head, to allow a person greater freedom or responsibility
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give a horse its head, to allow a horse to gallop by lengthening the reins
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go to one’s head

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head and shoulders above, greatly superior to
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head over heels

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hold up one’s head, to be unashamed
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keep one’s head, to remain calm
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keep one’s head above water, to manage to survive a difficult experience
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make head, to make progress
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(used with a negative) make head or tail of, to attempt to understand (a problem, etc): he couldn’t make head or tail of the case
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(slang) off one’s head, out of one’s head, insane or delirious
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off the top of one’s head, without previous thought; impromptu
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on one’s head, on one’s own head, at one’s (own) risk or responsibility
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(slang) one’s head off, loudly or excessively: the baby cried its head off
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over someone’s head

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(informal) put their heads together, to consult together
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take it into one’s head, to conceive a notion, desire, or wish (to do something)
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turn heads, to be so beautiful, unusual, or impressive as to attract a lot of attention
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turn something on its head, stand something on its head, to treat or present something in a completely new and different way: health care which has turned orthodox medicine on its head
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turn someone’s head, to make someone vain, conceited, etc
verb
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(transitive) to be at the front or top of: to head the field
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(transitive) often foll by up. to be in the commanding or most important position
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(often foll by for) to go or cause to go (towards): where are you heading?
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to turn or steer (a vessel) as specified: to head into the wind
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(soccer) to propel (the ball) by striking it with the head
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(transitive) to provide with or be a head or heading: to head a letter, the quotation which heads chapter 6
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(transitive) to cut the top branches or shoots off (a tree or plant)
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(intransitive) to form a head, as a boil or plant
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(intransitive) often foll by in. (of streams, rivers, etc) to originate or rise in
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(Austral) head them, to toss the coins in a game of two-up
/hɛd/
noun
1.
Edith. 1907–81, US dress designer: won many Oscars for her Hollywood film costume designs
n.

Old English heafod “top of the body,” also “upper end of a slope,” also “chief person, leader, ruler; capital city,” from Proto-Germanic *haubudam (cf. Old Saxon hobid, Old Norse hofuð, Old Frisian haved, Middle Dutch hovet, Dutch hoofd, Old High German houbit, German Haupt, Gothic haubiþ “head”), from PIE *kaput- “head” (cf. Sanskrit kaput-, Latin caput “head”).

Modern spelling is early 15c., representing what was then a long vowel (as in heat) and remained after pronunciation shifted. Of rounded tops of plants from late 14c. Meaning “origin of a river” is mid-14c. Meaning “obverse of a coin” is from 1680s; meaning “foam on a mug of beer” is first attested 1540s; meaning “toilet” is from 1748, based on location of crew toilet in the bow (or head) of a ship. Synechdochic use for “person” (as in head count) is first attested late 13c.; of cattle, etc., in this sense from 1510s. As a height measure of persons, from c.1300. Meaning “drug addict” (usually in a compound with the preferred drug as the first element) is from 1911.

To give head “perform fellatio” is from 1950s. Phrase heads will roll “people will be punished” (1930) translates Adolf Hitler. Head case “eccentric or insane person” is from 1979. Head game “mental manipulation” attested by 1972. To have (one’s) head up (one’s) ass is attested by 1978.
v.

“to be at the head or in the lead,” c.1200, from head (n.). Meaning “to direct the head (toward)” is from c.1600. Related: headed, heading. The earliest use of the word as a verb meant “behead” (Old English heafdian). Verbal phrase head up “supervise, direct” is attested by 1930.
adj.

“most important, principal, leading,” c.1200, from head (n.). Old English heafod was used in this sense in compounds.

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