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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 ?
Suddenly--in the very middle of the roadway, not a dozen yards from them, and with their eyes full upon him--the man seemed to stumble, pitched headlong forward, uttered a terrible cry and vanished
The inky ragged wrack, flying before a nor'-west wind, makes you dizzy with its headlong speed that depicts the rush of the invisible air.
A sign from Claude and the idea of giving him pleasure would have sufficed to make Quasimodo hurl himself headlong from the summit of Notre- Dame.
They swept through the air in rapid, fantastic curves, occasionally precipitating themselves headlong with the speed of a bullet, and then breaking their line of projection by an abrupt and daring angle.
For the strain constantly kept up by the windlass continually keeps the whale rolling over and over in the water, and as the blubber in one strip uniformly peels off along the line called the scarf, simultaneously cut by the spades of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top; the men at the windlass then cease heaving, and for a moment or two the prodigious blood-dripping mass sways to and fro as if let down from the sky, and every one present must take good heed to dodge it when it swings, else it may box his ears and pitch him headlong overboard.
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.
Once, as I went running headlong up the beach, I glanced over my shoulder and saw his attendant with him.
There is a feeling exactly like that one has upon a switchback--of a helpless headlong motion
The cows in headlong panic, the bulls furious with rage, uttering deep roars, and occasionally turning with a desperate rush upon their pursuers.
The most extraordinary thing to my mind, of all the strange and wonderful things that happened upon that Friday, was the dovetailing of the commonplace habits of our social order with the first beginnings of the series of events that was to topple that social order headlong.
Upon that, my angel, I went to pieces, and, losing all self- control, plunged headlong.
So he walked forward to the tree, but just as he came under the first branches they bent down and twined around him, and the next minute he was raised from the ground and flung headlong among his fellow travelers.