head·​er ˈhe-dər How to pronounce header (audio)
: one that removes heads
especially : a grain-harvesting machine that cuts off the grain heads and elevates them to a wagon
: a brick or stone laid in a wall with its end toward the face of the wall
: a beam fitted at one side of an opening to support free ends of floor joists, studs, or rafters
: a horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening : lintel
: a conduit (such as an exhaust pipe for a many-cylindered engine) into which a number of smaller conduits open
: a mounting plate through which electrical terminals pass from a sealed device (such as a transistor)
: a fall or dive headfirst
took a header into the pool
: a shot or pass in soccer made by heading the ball
: information (such as a page number) printed or placed at the top of each page of a document compare footer sense 2

Examples of header in a Sentence

She tripped on the rock and took a header. He scored with a header past the goalie.
Recent Examples on the Web Chiellini got his head on it, one-bouncing a header that Clark stopped with a magnificent save. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Click the small icon underneath the header, which lists currently installed plug-ins, then scroll down to Plug-In Store to find new ones. WIRED, 24 Sep. 2023 In the ninth minute, Gyasi Zardes’ header pinged off the post, and Driussi had a header saved by Bingham. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 Photos of Swift were also placed as the league’s TikTok header. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2023 Portland settled into the match a bit, save for a pair of chances for Zardes in the 24th minute (a toe-poke past Zac McGraw) and in the 28th minute (an uncontested header that sailed high). oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 Of their 35 corner kicks, only one — Horan’s header that salvaged the draw with the Dutch — produced a goal. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2023 With Sunday’s double header, the network averaged 19.732 million viewers for the evening. Breanna Bell, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 And a header in the second half for Kokomo’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to West Lafayette Tuesday. The Indianapolis Star, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of header was in the 15th century

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“Header.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/header. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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head·​er ˈhed-ər How to pronounce header (audio)
: a fall or dive headfirst
took a header downstairs

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