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HEAD'SHAKE, n. [hed'shake.]

A significant shake of the head. Shak.

HEAD'SHIP, n. [hed'ship.]

Authority; chief place. Hales.

HEADS'MAN, n. [heds'man.]

One that cuts off heads; an executioner. [Unusual.] Dryden.

HEAD'SPRING, n. [hed'spring.]

Fountain; source; origin.

HEAD'STALL, n. [hed'stall.]

That part of a bridle which encompasses the head.

HEAD'STONE, n. [hed'stone.]

  1. The principal stone in a foundation; the chief or corner stone. Psalms.
  2. The stone at the head of a grave.

HEAD'STRONG, a. [hed'strong.]

  1. Violent; obstinate; ungovernable; resolute to run his own way; bent on pursuing his own will; not easily restrained. Now let the headstrong boy my will control. Dryden.
  2. Directed by ungovernable will, or proceeding from obstinacy; as, a headstrong course. Dryden.


Obstinacy. [Not in use.] Gayton.

HEAD'TIRE, n. [hed'tire.]

Dress or attire for the head. 1 Esdras iii.

HEAD'WAY, n. [hed'way.]

The motion of an advancing ship. A ship makes headway, when she advances, as from a state of rest.

HEAD'-WIND, n. [hed'-wind.]

A wind that blows in a direction opposite to the ship's course.


Mental or intellectual labor.


The chief workman of a party; a foreman in a manufactory. Swift.

HEAD'Y, a. [hed'y. See Head.]

  1. Rash; hasty; precipitate; violent; disposed to rush forward in an enterprise without thought or deliberation; hurried on by will or passion; ungovernable. All the talent required, is to be heady, to be violent on one side or the other. Temple.
  2. Apt to affect the head; inflaming; intoxicating; strong; as spirituous liquors. Champagne is a heady wine.
  3. Violent; impetuous; as, a heady current. [Not usual.] Shak.

HEAL, v.i.

To grow sound; to return to a sound state; as, the limb heals, or the wound heals; sometimes with up or over; it will heal up or over.

HEAL, v.t. [Sax. hælan, helan, gehelan, to heal, and to conceal, L. celo; Goth. hailyan, to heal; G. heilen; D. heelen; Sw. hela; Dan. heeler; from hal, heil, heel, hel, whole, sound, allied to hold and holy. Heb. כל, כלל, Ch. כלא, to be whole or entire, all. The primary sense of the root is to press, strain, extend; hence, to hold, to shut, inclose, conceal, to embrace the whole. To heal is to make whole, hale, sound, and to conceal is to hold, or keep close.]

  1. To cure of a disease or wound and restore to soundness, or to that state of body in which the natural functions are regularly performed; as, to heal the sick. speak, and my servant shall be healed. Matth. viii.
  2. To cure; to remove or subdue; as, to heal a disease.
  3. To cause to cicatrize; as, to heal a sore or wound.
  4. To restore to soundness; as, to heal a wounded limb.
  5. To restore purity to; to remove feculence or foreign matter. Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters. 2 Kings ii.
  6. To remove, as differences or dissension; to reconcile, as parties at variance; as, to heal a breach or difference.
  7. In Scripture, to forgive; to cure moral disease and restore soundness. I will heal their backsliding. Hos. xiv.
  8. To purify from corruptions, redress grievances and restore to prosperity. Jer. xiv.
  9. To cover, as a roof with tiles, slate, lead, &c. [Sax. helan.] Encyc.


That may be healed. Sherwood.


The harness for guiding the warp threads in a loom. Ure.

HEAL'ED, pp.

Restored to a sound state.


He or that which cures, or restores to soundness.


  1. The act of curing.
  2. The act of covering. [Obs.]

HEAL'ING, ppr.

  1. Curing; restoring to a sound state.
  2. adj. Tending to cure; mild; mollifying.


So as to cure.

HEALTH, n. [helth. from heal.]

  1. That state of an animal or living body, in which the parts are sound, well organized and disposed, and in which they all perform freely their natural functions. In this state the animal feels no pain. This word is also applied to plants. Though health may be enjoyed without gratitude, it can not be sported with without loss, or regained by courage. Buckminster.
  2. Sound state of the mind; natural vigor of faculties. Bacon.
  3. Sound state of the mind, in a moral sense; purity; goodness. There is no health in us. Common Prayer.
  4. Salvation or divine favor, or grace which cheers God's People. Ps. xlii.
  5. Wish of health and happiness; used in drinking. Come, love and health to all; an elliptical phrase, for, I wish health to you.

HEALTH'FUL, a. [helth'ful.]

  1. Being in a sound state, as a living or organized being; having the parts or organs entire, and their functions in a free, active and undisturbed operation; free from disease. We speak of a healthful body; a helathful person, a healthful plant.
  2. Serving to promote health; wholesome; salubrious; as a healthful air or climate; a healthful diet.
  3. Indicating health or soundness; as, a healthful condition.
  4. Salutary; promoting spiritual health. Common Prayer.
  5. Well disposed; favorable. A healthful ear to hear. [Unusual.] Shak.