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 Goalie error Holding a 1-0 advantage through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's header in the 13th minute and looking at ease, Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno's error allowed Jorginho to level in the 83rd minute. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Liverpool remains unbeaten in Premier League -- but there's more VAR controversy," 29 Dec. 2019 Each is hung in midair with a single cable from headers hidden in the walls. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Shelby Township home is one of the most visually striking in SE Michigan," 23 Nov. 2019 In the 42nd minute, a Century header was slapped away by Wilt off a free kick. Justin Fitzgerald, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Girls Soccer: ‘Goalie’s worst nightmare’ come true for Century in state semifinal heartbreaker," 9 Nov. 2019 Fernando Llorente was brought on as Napoli searched for a late winner, but the Spaniard sent one header wide and another over the bar in the closing stages. SI.com, "Napoli 1-1 RB Salzburg: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Azzurri Blow Chance at Early Qualification," 5 Nov. 2019 Dominic Caltabiano scored less than a minute later to cut the lead to 2-1, and Chase Llewellyn tapped in an easy header to tie the game at 2 with 20:35 to play. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Nichols scores twice to lift McDonogh soccer past Loyola Blakefield in MIAA A semifinals; Curley also advances," 31 Oct. 2019 Loons striker Angelo Rodriguez had a moment that embodied his year-plus in Minnesota on Sunday when his open header attempt inside the box bounced wide of the net in a scoreless game. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Looking for more goals, United ready to drop Angelo Rodriguez," 21 Oct. 2019 Abby Elinsky flicked a pair of dangerous close range headers, providing two of the team’s three shots on goal. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 3-0 to Washington Spirit without international stars," 6 Oct. 2019 The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer recently featured a homepage header image of cartoon machine guns circling the Constitution. Ian Allen, The New Republic, "The Far Right’s Apocalyptic Literary Canon," 1 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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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

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