head·​er | \ ˈhe-dər How to pronounce header (audio) \

Definition of header

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

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Examples of header in a Sentence

She tripped on the rock and took a header. He scored with a header past the goalie.

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Alessandro Deiola’s flicked header from a corner beat Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha but bounced off the crossbar much to the visitors’ relief. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Lazio and Atalanta win to be a point behind 4th-place Milan," 4 Feb. 2019 The Times also argued that revealing IP addresses and User-Agent headers by themselves would not reveal any of the security measures used by the FCC. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "“What is the FCC hiding?” Pai still won’t release net neutrality server logs," 3 Dec. 2018 Bjerim Dzemaili slammed in Switzerland’s first goal from close range after being set up by a header from Breel Embolo. Gerald Imray, BostonGlobe.com, "Switzerland advances at World Cup after draw with Costa Rica," 27 June 2018 One other note from the audio department: Lightweight Inconel exhaust manifolds supplant the GTB’s tubular headers, and the resulting high-rev resonances are brighter and louder, up to 8 dB in the Pista’s cabin, says Ferrari. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 Centerback Chris Schuler opened the scoring — the first time since April 21 the Lions scored the first goal of a match – with a header in the in the 34th minute. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City earns 2-1 win over Toronto FC, snaps nine-match MLS losing skid," 14 July 2018 Bastian Schweinsteiger tied the game at 3-3 with an inexcusably unmarked header off a corner kick deep in second-half stoppage time. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "David Accam, Cory Burke give Union wild 4-3 win at Chicago Fire," 11 July 2018 Just after the half hour mark defender Alejandro Fuenmayor hustled to a rebound and lobbed a floating cross into the box where Elis’s header was saved. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo roll to shutout of Minnesota United," 8 July 2018 Eight minutes later, Indy's Carlyle Mitchell put his team up for good 2-1 with an authoritative header. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Hammy tweaks, tired legs not enough to slow Indy Eleven in comeback win," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of header

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of header

: a word, phrase, etc., that is placed at the beginning of a document, passage, etc., or at the top of a page
informal : a fall in which your head hits the ground
soccer : a shot or pass made by hitting the ball with your head

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