head·er | \ˈhe-dər \

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

5a : head sense 15a(1)

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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Ubogagu sent a perfect cross to the back post for Leroux, who was able to get a powerful header on frame only to be denied by Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride falls 3-1 to host Houston Dash," 12 July 2018 Instead, Portland took control in the 33rd minute when Ana Maria Crnogorcevic bounced a header toward goal just inches away from Campbell. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dash's unbeaten streak ends with loss to Thorns," 22 June 2018 In 1970 his spectacular robbery of a Pele header is widely considered to be the greatest goalie magic in World Cup history, the Save of the Century. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Catching up with the World Cup legends who shared a career's winter in Fort Lauderdale," 20 June 2018 Timbers forward Fanendo Adi sent a header on frame off a cross from Sebastian Blanco in the 56th minute, but Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia did a good job to knock the ball away. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers play Sporting Kansas City to scoreless draw, extend unbeaten streak to 8 games," 9 June 2018 Antoine Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post. Steve Douglas, Fox News, "France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0," 10 July 2018 Her friends stood beside her draped in the Belgium flag and started chanting the country’s name up until the first score of the game, which came in the 55th minute when Samuel Umtiti, a center back, put France up with a header. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "French connection: Fans flock to San Francisco’s World Cup watch party," 10 July 2018 Andrej Kramaric tied the game with a header shortly before halftime that sobered the Russians like a dip in a frozen lake. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Is Out of the Russian World Cup," 7 July 2018 Distracted by a teammate leaping in front of him, Fernandinho lost composure, missed his header altogether, and could only watch in horror as the ball spun off his arm, past goalkeeper Alisson and into the net. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil's bizarre own-goal gives Belgium the lead," 6 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

: 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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