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head·long

 (hĕd′lông′, -lŏng′)
adv.
1. With the head leading; headfirst: The runner slid headlong into third base.
2. In an impetuous manner; rashly: rushed headlong into an agreement.
adj. (hĕd′lông′, -lŏng′)
1. Done with the head leading; headfirst: a headlong dive.
2. Impetuous; rash. See Synonyms at impetuous.
3. Archaic Steep; sheer.

[From Middle English (bi) hedlong, alteration of (bi) hedling : hed, head; see head + -ling, in a specified direction; see -ling2.]

headlong

(ˈhɛdˌlɒŋ)
adv, adj
1. with the head foremost; headfirst
2. with great haste
adj
archaic (of slopes, etc) very steep; precipitous

head•long

(ˈhɛdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ)

adv.
1. with the head foremost; headfirst: to plunge headlong into the water.
2. without delay; hastily.
3. without deliberation; rashly.
adj.
4. undertaken quickly and suddenly; made precipitately; hasty: a headlong flight.
5. done or going with the head foremost.
6. rash; impetuous.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.headlong - excessively quick; "made a hasty exit"; "a headlong rush to sell"
hurried - moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste; "a hurried trip to the store"; "the hurried life of a city"; "a hurried job"
2.headlong - with the head foremost; "a headfirst plunge down the stairs"; "a headlong dive into the pool"
forward - at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion"
Adv.1.headlong - with the head foremost; "the runner slid headlong into third base"
2.headlong - at breakneck speed; "burst headlong through the gate"
3.headlong - in a hasty and foolhardy manner; "he fell headlong in love with his cousin"

headlong

adverb
1. hastily, hurriedly, helter-skelter, pell-mell, heedlessly He ran headlong for the open door.
2. headfirst, head-on, headforemost She missed her footing and fell headlong down the stairs.
3. rashly, wildly, hastily, precipitately, head first, thoughtlessly, impetuously, heedlessly, without forethought Do not leap headlong into decisions.
adjective

headlong

adjective
Translations
بِتَهَوُّر، بانْدِفاعرأسيّا، باتجاه الرأس
střemhlavukvapenýzbrkle
hovedkulds
hanyatt-homlok
á höfuîiîhugsunarlaust
strmhlav
balıklamadüşünmeden

headlong

[ˈhedlɒŋ]
A. ADJ [fall] → de cabeza
he made a headlong dive for the ballse lanzó en plancha a por la pelota
the headlong rush to the beaches every summerla salida precipitada hacia las playas todos los veranos
B. ADV
1. (= head first) [person] → de cabeza
the lorry ploughed headlong into a wallel camión se estrelló de frente contra una pared
2. (= swiftly) → precipitadamente
I dashed headlong up the stairssubí precipitadamente por las escaleras

headlong

[ˈhɛdlɒŋ]
adv
[rush, run] → tête baissée
to rush headlong into sth (fig)foncer tête baissée dans qch
to rush headlong into doing sth → se précipiter pour faire qch
Don't rush headlong into buying new furniture → Ne vous précipitez pas pour acheter de nouveaux meubles.
adj [dash, rush, flight] → vertigineux/euse

headlong

[ˈhɛdˌlɒŋ]
1. adj (fall, dive) → a capofitto, a testa in giù; (rush) → a tutta velocità
2. adv (fall) → a capofitto, a tutta velocità; (rush) → precipitosamente

head

(hed) noun
1. the top part of the human body, containing the eyes, mouth, brain etc; the same part of an animal's body. The stone hit him on the head; He scratched his head in amazement.
2. a person's mind. An idea came into my head last night.
3. the height or length of a head. The horse won by a head.
4. the chief or most important person (of an organization, country etc). Kings and presidents are heads of state; (also adjective) a head waiter; the head office.
5. anything that is like a head in shape or position. the head of a pin; The boy knocked the heads off the flowers.
6. the place where a river, lake etc begins. the head of the Nile.
7. the top, or the top part, of anything. Write your address at the head of the paper; the head of the table.
8. the front part. He walked at the head of the procession.
9. a particular ability or tolerance. He has no head for heights; She has a good head for figures.
10. a headmaster or headmistress. You'd better ask the Head.
11. (for) one person. This dinner costs $10 a head.
12. a headland. Beachy Head.
13. the foam on the top of a glass of beer etc.
verb
1. to go at the front of or at the top of (something). The procession was headed by the band; Whose name headed the list?
2. to be in charge of; to be the leader of. He heads a team of scientists investigating cancer.
3. (often with for) to (cause to) move in a certain direction. The explorers headed south; The boys headed for home; You're heading for disaster!
4. to put or write something at the beginning of. His report was headed `Ways of Preventing Industrial Accidents'.
5. (in football) to hit the ball with the head. He headed the ball into the goal.
-headed
having (a certain number or type of) head(s). a two-headed monster; a bald-headed man.
ˈheader noun
1. a fall or dive forwards. He slipped and took a header into the mud.
2. (in football) the act of hitting the ball with the head. He scored with a great header.
ˈheading noun
what is written at the top of a page etc. The teacher said that essays must have a proper heading.
heads noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin with the head of a king, president etc on it. He tossed the penny and it came down heads.
ˈheadache noun
1. a pain in the head. Bright lights give me a headache.
2. something worrying. Lack of money is a real headache.
ˈheadband noun
a strip of material worn round the head to keep one's hair off one's face.
ˈhead-dress noun
something, usually ornamental, which is worn on, and covers, the head. The tribesmen were wearing head-dresses of fur and feathers.
ˌheadˈfirst adverb
with one's head in front or bent forward. He fell headfirst into a pool of water.
ˈheadgear noun
anything that is worn on the head. Hats, caps and helmets are headgear.
ˈheadlamp noun
a headlight.
ˈheadland noun
a point of land which sticks out into the sea.
ˈheadlight noun
a powerful light at or on the front of a car, lorry, train, ship, aeroplane etc. As it was getting dark, the driver switched on his headlights.
ˈheadline noun
the words written in large letters at the top of newspaper articles. I never read a paper in detail – I just glance at the headlines.
ˈheadlines noun plural
a brief statement of the most important items of news, on television or radio. the news headlines.
ˈheadlong adjective, adverb
1. moving forwards or downwards, with one's head in front. a headlong dive into the pool of water; He fell headlong into a pool of water.
2. (done) without thought or delay, often foolishly. a headlong rush; He rushes headlong into disaster.
head louse
a type of louse that infests the human head.
headˈmasterfeminine headˈmistress noun
the person in charge of a school; the principal.
ˌhead-ˈon adverb, adjective
(usually of cars etc) with the front of one car etc hitting the front of another car etc. a head-on collision; The two cars crashed head-on.
ˈheadphones noun plural
(also ˈearphones) a pair of electronic instruments held over a person's ears, by a metal band over the head, which are connected to a radio. a set of headphones.
ˌheadˈquarters noun singular or plural
(often abbreviated to HQ (eitʃˈkjuː) noun) the place from which the chief officers or leaders of an organization (especially an army) direct and control the activities of that organization. During the election, his house was used as the campaign headquarters.
ˈheadrest noun
a sort of small cushion which supports a person's head, eg as fitted to a dentist's chair, a car seat.
ˈheadscarf, ˈheadsquare nouns
a usually square scarf worn by women over or round the head.
ˈheadstone noun
a stone put at a grave, usually with the name of the dead person on it, the date of his birth and death etc.
ˈheadstrong adjective
(of people) difficult to persuade or control; always doing or wanting to do what they themselves want. a headstrong, obstinate child.
ˈheadwind noun
a wind which is blowing towards one.
above someone's head
too difficult (for someone) to understand. His lecture was well above their heads.
go to someone's head
1. (of alcohol) to make someone slightly drunk. Champagne always goes to my head.
2. (of praise, success etc) to make someone arrogant, foolish etc. Don't let success go to your head.
head off
1. to make (a person, animal etc) change direction. One group of the soldiers rode across the valley to head the bandits off.
2. to go in some direction. He headed off towards the river.
head over heels
1. completely. He fell head over heels in love.
2. turning over completely; headfirst. He fell head over heels into a pond.
heads or tails?
used when tossing a coin, eg to decide which of two people does, gets etc something. Heads or tails? Heads you do the dishes, tails I do them.
keep one's head
to remain calm and sensible in a crisis etc.
lose one's head
to become angry or excited, or to act foolishly in a crisis.
make head or tail of
to understand. I can't make head or tail of these instructions.
make headway
to make progress. We're not making much headway with this new scheme.
off one's head
mad. You must be off your head to work for nothing.
References in classic literature ?
The beginning of the most materialistic age in the history of the world, when wars would be fought without patrio- tism, when men would forget God and only pay attention to moral standards, when the will to power would replace the will to serve and beauty would be well-nigh forgotten in the terrible headlong rush of mankind toward the acquiring of possessions, was telling its story to Jesse the man of God as it was to the men about him.
The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles.
The foremost Indian bounded like a stricken deer, and fell headlong among the clefts of the island.
There is one end of the room where it is almost intact, and there, when the crosslights fade and the low sun shines directly upon it, I can almost fancy radiation after all,--the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.
A wider scope of view, and a deeper insight, may see rank, dignity, and station, all proved illusory, so far as regards their claim to human reverence, and yet not feel as if the universe were thereby tumbled headlong into chaos.
They had now reached the road which turns off to Sleepy Hollow; but Gunpowder, who seemed possessed with a demon, instead of keeping up it, made an opposite turn, and plunged headlong down hill to the left.
The vast swells of the omnipotent sea; the surging, hollow roar they made, as they rolled along the eight gunwales, like gigantic bowls in a boundless bowling-green; the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two; the sudden profound dip into the watery glens and hollows; the keen spurrings and goadings to gain the top of the opposite hill; the headlong, sled-like slide down its other side; --all these, with the cries of the headsmen and harpooneers, and the shuddering gasps of the oarsmen, with the wondrous sight of the ivory Pequod bearing down upon her boats with outstretched sails, like a wild hen after her screaming brood; --all this was thrilling.
cried Captain Mayhew; thou must either-- But that instant a headlong wave shot the boat far ahead, and its seethings drowned all speech.
The colts were wild and frolicsome, and one of them bolted across the road and blundered up against Lizzie's hind legs, and whether it was the stupid colt, or the loud cracking of the whip, or both together, I cannot say, but she gave a violent kick, and dashed off into a headlong gallop.
He stared; and little by little he made out the great apartment, with a domed ceiling from which the light poured, and walls that were one enormous painting--nymphs and dryads dancing in a flower-strewn glade--Diana with her hounds and horses, dashing headlong through a mountain streamlet--a group of maidens bathing in a forest pool--all life-size, and so real that Jurgis thought that it was some work of enchantment, that he was in a dream palace.
When horses and vehicles began to move along the highway, with that alert perception peculiar to a state of excitement, and which seems to be a sort of inspiration, she became aware that her headlong pace and distracted air might bring on her remark and suspicion.
Theodule glacier, and fall headlong over precipitous rocks till they lose themselves in the mazes of the Gorner glacier.