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 Select a column header to sort by vaccination rate, number of doses or geography. Freep.com, "Vaccinating Michigan: Tracking the progress of the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout," 19 Feb. 2021 So don’t number your entries; don’t group several entries under a single header. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1424: It’s hive time for another Spelling Bee contest," 18 Feb. 2021 Liverpool surged forward in search of a late winner but West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone made a stunning fingertip save to keep out Roberto Firmino's header. Paul Gittings, CNN, "West Brom stuns Liverpool with late equalizer," 27 Dec. 2020 Junior back Ricky Schissler served a free kick from 30-plus yards that Schlee got just enough of with a header to tuck inside the far post. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Anthony Schlee’s hat trick lifts Curley soccer past John Carroll, 3-0," 4 Nov. 2020 The Vikings finally broke through in the 77th minute as Tinoco was left open on the back post and cut the lead in half with his header. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "West Jefferson builds early lead and then holds on to edge Airline," 6 Feb. 2021 Jordan Morris had the final good look for Seattle in the 80th minute, but his header was saved by Eloy Room. cleveland, "Columbus Crew celebrates second MLS title after beating Seattle Sounders 3-0," 14 Dec. 2020 However, pressure in the Starship header tanks, located in the upper part of the vehicle, was not high enough. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN8 meets its fate, SLS Green Run tests to resume next week," 11 Dec. 2020 Chicago threatened early and often Wednesday, taking a 1-0 lead on forward Robert Beric’s header from inside the 18-yard box in the 17th minute. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Minnesota United rallies for 2-2 draw with Chicago," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Header.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/header. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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