2. Any one; the man or person; used indefinitely, and usually followed by a relative pronoun.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.Prov. xiii. 20.
3. Man; a male; any male person; in this sense used substantively. Chaucer.
I stand to answer thee,Shak.
Or any he, the proudest of thy sort.
When a collective noun or a class is referred to, he is of common gender. In early English, he referred
to a feminine or neuter noun, or to one in the plural, as well as to noun in the masculine singular. In
composition, he denotes a male animal; as, a he-goat.
(-head) suffix. A variant of -hood.
(Head) n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. heáfod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel.
höfuð, Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubiþ. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput
head (cf. E. Chief, Cadet, Capital), and its origin is unknown.]
1. The anterior or superior part of an animal, containing the brain, or chief ganglia of the nervous system,
the mouth, and in the higher animals, the chief sensory organs; poll; cephalon.
2. The uppermost, foremost, or most important part of an inanimate object; such a part as may be considered
to resemble the head of an animal; often, also, the larger, thicker, or heavier part or extremity, in distinction
from the smaller or thinner part, or from the point or edge; as, the head of a cane, a nail, a spear, an
ax, a mast, a sail, a ship; that which covers and closes the top or the end of a hollow vessel; as, the head
of a cask or a steam boiler.
3. The place where the head should go; as, the head of a bed, of a grave, etc.; the head of a carriage,
that is, the hood which covers the head.
4. The most prominent or important member of any organized body; the chief; the leader; as, the head of
a college, a school, a church, a state, and the like. "Their princes and heads." Robynson
The heads of the chief sects of philosophy.Tillotson.
Your head I him appoint.Milton.
5. The place or honor, or of command; the most important or foremost position; the front; as, the head of
the table; the head of a column of soldiers.
An army of fourscore thousand troops, with the duke of Marlborough at the head of them.Addison.
6. Each one among many; an individual; often used in a plural sense; as, a thousand head of cattle.
It there be six millions of people, there are about four acres for every head.Graunt.
7. The seat of the intellect; the brain; the understanding; the mental faculties; as, a good head, that is, a
good mind; it never entered his head, it did not occur to him; of his own head, of his own thought or will.
Men who had lost both head and heart.Macaulay.
8. The source, fountain, spring, or beginning, as of a stream or river; as, the head of the Nile; hence,
the altitude of the source, or the height of the surface, as of water, above a given place, as above an
orifice at which it issues, and the pressure resulting from the height or from motion; sometimes also, the
quantity in reserve; as, a mill or reservoir has a good head of water, or ten feet head; also, that part of a
gulf or bay most remote from the outlet or the sea.