1. (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk

    Synonyms : read/write head
    Type Of : coil
  2. be in charge of

    Synonyms : lead
    Type Of : direct
    Examples :
    • Who is heading this project?
  3. a person who is in charge

    Synonyms : chief, top dog
    Type Of : leader
    Examples :
    • the head of the whole operation
  4. that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; the seat of the faculty of reason

    Synonyms : brain, mind, nous, psyche
    Type Of : cognition, knowledge, noesis
    Examples :
    • I couldn't get his words out of my head
  5. be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel

    Synonyms : head up
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This student heads the class
  6. the educator who has executive authority for a school

    Synonyms : head teacher, principal, school principal
    Type Of : pedagogue, educator, pedagog
  7. the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

    Synonyms : caput
    Type Of : external body part
    Examples :
    • he stuck his head out the window
  8. travel in front of; go in advance of others

    Synonyms : lead
    Type Of : precede, lead
    Examples :
    • The procession was headed by John
  9. the part in the front or nearest the viewer

    Synonyms : forefront
    Type Of : forepart, front end, front
    Examples :
    • he was at the head of the column
  10. a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about

    Synonyms : header, heading
    Type Of : line
    Examples :
    • the heading seemed to have little to do with the text
  11. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

    Synonyms : point
    Type Of : mark
  12. a difficult juncture

    Synonyms : pass, straits
    Type Of : occasion, juncture
    Examples :
    • matters came to a head yesterday
  13. forward movement

    Synonyms : headway
    Type Of : progress, advance, progression
    Examples :
    • the ship made little headway against the gale
  14. oral stimulation of the genitals

    Synonyms : oral sex
    Type Of : perversion, sexual perversion
    Examples :
    • they say he gives good head
  15. a dense cluster of flowers or foliage

    Synonyms : capitulum
    Type Of : plant organ
    Examples :
    • a head of cauliflower
    • a head of lettuce
  16. the subject matter at issue

    Synonyms : question
    Type Of : subject, topic, theme
    Examples :
    • under the head of minor Roman poets
  17. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

    Synonyms : channelise, channelize, direct, guide, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
    Type Of : control, command
  18. the source of water from which a stream arises

    Synonyms : fountainhead, headspring
    Type Of : rootage, beginning, origin, root, source
    Examples :
    • they tracked him back toward the head of the stream
  19. a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

    Synonyms : foreland, headland, promontory
    Type Of : elevation, natural elevation
  20. (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

    Synonyms : head word
    Type Of : word
  21. a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum

    Synonyms : drumhead
    Type Of : membrane
  22. an individual person

    Type Of : individual
    Examples :
    • tickets are $5 per head
  23. a projection out from one end

    Type Of : projection
    Examples :
    • the head of the nail
    • a pinhead is the head of a pin
  24. a rounded compact mass

    Type Of : object, physical object
    Examples :
    • the head of a comet
  25. a single domestic animal

    Type Of : domestic animal, domesticated animal
    Examples :
    • 200 head of cattle
  26. a user of (usually soft) drugs

    Type Of : drug user, substance abuser, user
    Examples :
    • the office was full of secret heads
  27. be in the front of or on top of

    Type Of : lie
    Examples :
    • The list was headed by the name of the president
  28. form a head or come or grow to a head

    Type Of : form
    Examples :
    • The wheat headed early this year
  29. (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship

    Type Of : toilet, bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy
  30. remove the head of

    Type Of : withdraw, take away, remove, take
    Examples :
    • head the fish
  31. take its rise

    Type Of : arise, originate, rise, uprise, spring up, grow, develop
    Examples :
    • These rivers head from a mountain range in the Himalayas
  32. that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves

    Type Of : body structure, bodily structure, structure, complex body part, anatomical structure
  33. the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container

    Type Of : foam, froth
    Examples :
    • the beer had a large head of foam
  34. the front of a military formation or procession

    Antonyms : rear
    Type Of : formation
    Examples :
    • the head of the column advanced boldly
    • they were at the head of the attack
  35. the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head

    Type Of : linear measure, linear unit
    Examples :
    • he is two heads taller than his little sister
    • his horse won by a head
  36. the pressure exerted by a fluid

    Type Of : pressure, force per unit area, pressure level
    Examples :
    • a head of steam
  37. the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

    Type Of : structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, anatomical structure
    Examples :
    • the head of the humerus
  38. the striking part of a tool

    Type Of : striker
    Examples :
    • the head of the hammer
  39. the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)

    Type Of : tip, point, peak
  40. the top of something

    Antonyms : foot
    Type Of : top
    Examples :
    • the head of the stairs
    • the head of the page
    • the head of the list
  41. to go or travel towards

    Type Of : go forward, proceed, continue
    Examples :
    • where is she heading
    • We were headed for the mountains
  42. (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head

    Antonyms : tail
    Type Of : obverse
    Examples :
    • call heads or tails!


  1. attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

    Synonyms : mesmeric, mesmerizing, spellbinding
    Examples :
    • read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice
  2. a drug that induces sleep

    Synonyms : soporific
    Type Of : drug, hypnagogue
  3. of or relating to hypnosis

have a go

  1. make an attempt at something

    Synonyms : give it a try
    Type Of : assay, attempt, essay, seek, try


  1. a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve

    Type Of : heart, center, eye, centre, middle
    Examples :
    • the playground is the hub of parental supervision
    • the airport is the economic hub of the area
  2. the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes

    Type Of : portion, part


  1. unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

    Synonyms : buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, rot
    Type Of : garbage, drivel


  1. either half of the cerebrum

    Synonyms : cerebral hemisphere
    Type Of : neural structure
  2. half of a sphere

    Type Of : subfigure
  3. half of the terrestrial globe

    Type Of : geographical region, geographical area, geographic region, geographic area


  1. the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body

    Synonyms : pecking order, power structure
    Type Of : organization, organisation
  2. a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system

    Type Of : series
    Examples :
    • put honesty first in her hierarchy of values


  1. anything that serves as an enticement

    Synonyms : bait, come-on, lure, sweetener
    Type Of : temptation, enticement
  2. make off with belongings of others

    Synonyms : abstract, cabbage, filch, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
    Type Of : rip off, rip, steal
  3. approach with an offer of sexual favors

    Synonyms : accost, solicit
    Type Of : offer
  4. take by theft

    Synonyms : cop, glom, knock off, snitch, thieve
    Type Of : rip off, steal, rip
  5. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer

    Synonyms : draw, hooking
    Type Of : swing, golf shot, golf stroke
    Examples :
    • he took lessons to cure his hooking
  6. a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

    Synonyms : crotchet
    Type Of : curve, curved shape
  7. to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)

    Synonyms : addict
    Type Of : accustom, habituate
  8. a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

    Synonyms : claw
    Type Of : mechanical device
  9. make a piece of needlework by interlocking and looping thread with a hooked needle

    Synonyms : crochet
    Type Of : intertwine, loop
  10. rip off; ask an unreasonable price

    Synonyms : fleece, gazump, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    Type Of : rip off, chisel, cheat
  11. entice and trap

    Synonyms : snare
    Type Of : entice, lure, tempt
  12. a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket

    Synonyms : hook shot
    Type Of : basketball shot
  13. a catch for locking a door

    Type Of : catch
  14. a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something

    Type Of : implement
  15. a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent

    Type Of : clout, poke, punch, slug, biff, lick
  16. catch with a hook

    Type Of : catch, take hold of, grab
    Examples :
    • hook a fish
  17. fasten with a hook

    Antonyms : unhook
    Type Of : fix, secure, fasten
  18. hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left

    Type Of : hit
  19. hit with a hook

    Type Of : hit
    Examples :
    • His opponent hooked him badly
  20. secure with the foot

    Type Of : play
    Examples :
    • hook the ball


  1. a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

    Type Of : biography, life, life history, life story


  1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    Synonyms : overhasty, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous
    Examples :
    • hasty marriage seldom proveth well
    • hasty makeshifts take the place of planning
    • rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion
  2. excessively quick

    Synonyms : headlong
    Examples :
    • made a hasty exit