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.
Recent Examples on the Web The forward then curled a perfect cross to the back post, and Alexis Strickland’s header zipped past goalkeeper Ella Dederick. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford earns national title shot with dominating Women’s College Cup semis win," 6 Dec. 2019 The Reds left it late, but Mane's 94th minute header saw them beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Midlands. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Team of the Week - Matchday 11," 4 Nov. 2019 Sergio Santos’s header deflected off the crossbar and Jack Elliott headed home the rebound for Philadelphia in the 52nd minute. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 21 Oct. 2019 Sergio Santos’ header deflected off the crossbar and Jack Elliott headed home the rebound for Philadelphia in the 52nd minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Picault, Fabián help Union beat Red Bulls 4-3 in extra time," 20 Oct. 2019 Fernandez’s header fell to Galaxy midfielder Perry Kitchen, who accidentally kicked the ball into his own net. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers striker Brian Fernandez could set goal scoring record against FC Dallas," 28 June 2019 After a bit of nice possession in the Croatian end, Fernandes floats a cross into Aleksandr Erokhin, who had a good amount of space, but Lovren gets just enough of a challenge to force Erokhin’s header over the bar. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 Full back Alexander-Arnold provided the assists for both Firmino's goals, the first the opener on 31 minutes, his firm header beating Kasper Schmeichel's despairing dive. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Ruthless Liverpool goes 13 points clear in EPL with rout of Leicester City," 26 Dec. 2019 Among these anchor markets, the biggest engagement of the month was his double-header at the Tacoma Dome ($5.8 million). Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "Elton John's 'Road' Leads Back to No. 1: September Boxscore Recap," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of header

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Header.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/header. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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