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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The small header pinpoints your location in the current chapter, along with how many total pages are in the chapter, while the footer tells you how many pages are left in the entire book. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo debuts Libra H2O e-reader, updates software with more tools for readers," 4 Sep. 2019 That is, fasten plywood to wall framing and the header above the window. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 3 Sep. 2019 Forward Alex Morgan leapt for a header in the sixth minute Wednesday night, clashing in the air with Chicago defenders Julie Ertz and Sarah Gorden. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride beat Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite early Alex Morgan injury," 23 Aug. 2019 Four minutes into stoppage time of the Galaxy’s 3-2 victory, Ibrahimovic and LAFC defender Mohamed El-Munir leapt in tandem to compete for a header. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets a warning from MLS disciplinary committee," 24 July 2019 Jordan Morris was free for a header off a Pulisic corner in the 51st minute. Dan Santaromita, orlandosentinel.com, "Mexico defeats USMNT to win Gold Cup, remains atop Concacaf perch," 7 July 2019 American defender Kelley O’Hara and Netherlands’ forward Lieke Martens cracked heads leaping for a header entering stoppage, with both needing medical assistance before continuing. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup final: U.S. leads, 2-0, after Rose Lavelle’s goal," 7 July 2019 The United States pulled ahead when Lindsey Horan found Morgan in front of the net for the header. Washington Post, "Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 victory over England," 3 July 2019 The United States pulled ahead when Lindsey Horan found Morgan in front of the net for the header. Anne M. Peterson, Twin Cities, "U.S. edges England, 2-1, to make third straight World Cup final," 2 July 2019

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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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