[hench-muh n] /ˈhɛntʃ mən/
noun, plural henchmen.
an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, especially a criminal:
The leader of the gang went everywhere accompanied by his henchmen.
an unscrupulous supporter or adherent of a political figure or cause, especially one motivated by the hope of personal gain:
Hitler and his henchmen.
a trusted attendant, supporter, or follower.
Obsolete. a squire or page.
noun (pl) -men
a faithful attendant or supporter
(archaic) a squire; page
mid-14c., hengestman, later henshman (mid-15c.) “high-ranking servant (usually of gentle birth), attendant upon a king, nobleman, etc.,” originally “groom,” probably from man (n.) + Old English hengest “horse, stallion, gelding,” from Proto-Germanic *hangistas (cf. Old Frisian hengst, Dutch hengest, German Hengst “stallion”), perhaps literally “best at springing,” from PIE *kenku- (cf. Greek kekiein “to gush forth;” Lithuanian sokti “to jump, dance;” Breton kazek “a mare,” literally “that which belongs to a stallion”).
Perhaps modeled on Old Norse compound hesta-maðr “horse-boy, groom.” The word became obsolete in England but was retained in Scottish as “personal attendant of a Highland chief,” in which sense Scott revived it in literary English from 1810. Sense of “obedient or unscrupulous follower” is first recorded 1839, probably based on a misunderstanding of the word as used by Scott.
[hen-koop, -koo p] /ˈhɛnˌkup, -ˌkʊp/ noun 1. a large cage or for housing poultry. /ˈhɛnˌkuːp/ noun 1. a cage for poultry n,n phr A woman’s dormitory (1900+ College students)
1. a combining form meaning “eleven,” used in the formation of compound words: hendecahedron. combining form 1. eleven: hendecagon, hendecahedron, hendecasyllable combining form Examples Greek hendeka ‘eleven’ word-forming element meaning “eleven,” from Latinized form of Greek hendeka “eleven,” from hen, neuter of eis “one” + deka “ten” (see ten).
[hen-dek-uh-gon, -guh n] /hɛnˈdɛk əˌgɒn, -gən/ noun 1. a polygon having 11 angles and 11 sides. /hɛnˈdɛkəɡən/ noun 1. a polygon having 11 sides
[hen-dek-uh-hee-druh n, hen-dek-] /hɛnˌdɛk əˈhi drən, ˌhɛn dɛk-/ noun, plural hendecahedrons, hendecahedra [hen-dek-uh-hee-druh, hen-dek-] /hɛnˌdɛk əˈhi drə, ˌhɛn dɛk-/ (Show IPA) 1. a solid figure having 11 faces. /ˌhɛndɛkəˈhɛdrən; -ˈhiːdrən/ noun (pl) -drons, -dra (-drə) 1. a solid figure having 11 plane faces See also polyhedron