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header

[hed-er] /ˈhɛd ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that removes or puts a head on something.
2.
a reaping machine that cuts off and gathers only the heads of the grain.
3.
a chamber to which the ends of a number of tubes are connected so that water or steam may pass freely from one tube to the other.
4.
Automotive. an exhaust manifold.
5.
Building Trades.
  1. a brick or stone laid in a wall or the like so that its shorter ends are exposed or parallel to the surface.
    Compare stretcher (def 5).
  2. a framing member crossing and supporting the ends of joists, studs, or rafters so as to transfer their weight to parallel joists, studs, or rafters.
6.
Informal. a plunge or dive headfirst, as into water:
He stumbled and took a header into the ditch.
7.
Soccer. a pass or shot made by heading the ball.
8.
a sign that is part of or attached to the top of a rack displaying merchandise.
9.
Computers. a line of information placed at the top of a page for purposes of identification.
Origin of header
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English heder. See head, -er1
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header

/ˈhɛdə/
noun
1.
Also called header tank. a reservoir, tank, or hopper that maintains a gravity feed or a static fluid pressure in an apparatus
2.
a manifold for distributing a fluid supply amongst a number of passages
3.
a machine that trims the heads from castings, forgings, etc, or one that forms heads, as in wire, to make nails
4.
a person who operates such a machine
5.
a brick or stone laid across a wall so that its end is flush with the outer surface Compare stretcher (sense 5)
6.
the action of striking a ball with the head
7.
(informal) a headlong fall or dive
8.
(computing)
  1. a block of data on a tape or disk providing information about the size, location, etc, of a file
  2. (as modifier): header card, header label
9.
(dialect) a mentally unbalanced person
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Word Origin and History for headers

header

n.

"head-first dive or plunge," 1849, from head (n.); as a type of pass or shot with the head in soccer, by 1906.

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header

noun

  1. A head-first dive, fall, or plunge (1849+)
  2. A pass, shot at the goal, etc, made by batting the ball with one's head (1906+ Soccer)

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doubleheader

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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