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headgear

[hed-geer] /ˈhɛdˌgɪər/
noun
1.
any covering for the head, especially a hat, cap, bonnet, etc.
2.
a protective covering for the head, as a steel helmet or football helmet.
3.
the parts of a harness about the animal's head.
4.
Orthodontics Informal. a device worn on the head and attached by wires and elastic bands to braces in the mouth, used to create backward tension in the process of repositioning protruding teeth.
5.
Mining. a headframe and its machinery.
Origin of headgear
1530-1540
1530-40; head + gear
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  • headgear she had none, but her hair hung in rich profusion around her shoulders and far down her back.

    The Coming of the King James Hocking
  • On his head he wore a sort of headgear, bound round and closed at the top.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • His smart blue bonnet, with sprig of holly and eagle's feather, was already recognised as the Scottish headgear.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • "Thank you, sir," replied one of the men, touching the brim of his headgear.

  • There are his anchors, his headgear, his foremast, his station for manoeuvring when the captain is in charge.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • That the chief form of headgear among the Swiss is the Alpine hat.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
British Dictionary definitions for headgear

headgear

/ˈhɛdˌɡɪə/
noun
1.
any head covering, esp a hat
2.
any part of a horse's harness that is worn on the head
3.
the hoisting mechanism at the pithead of a mine
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