Behead Be*head", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beheaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beheading}.] [OE. bihefden, AS. behe['a]fdian; pref. be- + he['a]fod head. See {Head}.] To sever the head from; to take off the head of. [1913 Webster]

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  • behead — (v.) O.E. beheafdian, from be , here with privative force, + heafod (see HEAD (Cf. head)). Related: Beheaded; beheading …   Etymology dictionary

  • behead — [v] decapitate bring to the block, decollate, execute, guillotine, head, kill, neck; concept 176 …   New thesaurus

  • behead — ► VERB ▪ execute (someone) by cutting off their head …   English terms dictionary

  • behead — [bē hed′, bihed′] vt. [ME bihevden < OE beheafdian < be,BE + heafod,HEAD] to cut off the head of; decapitate …   English World dictionary

  • behead — UK [bɪˈhed] / US verb [transitive] Word forms behead : present tense I/you/we/they behead he/she/it beheads present participle beheading past tense beheaded past participle beheaded to cut off someone s head, especially as a punishment …   English dictionary

  • behead — transitive verb Date: before 12th century to cut off the head of ; decapitate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • behead — removing the head of a fish …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • behead — beheadal, n. beheader, n. /bi hed /, v.t. 1. to cut off the head of; kill or execute by decapitation. 2. Geol. (of a pirate stream) to divert the headwaters of (a river, stream, etc.). [bef. 1000; ME behe(f)den, beheveden, OE beheafdian. See BE …   Universalium

  • behead — verb To remove the head. Syn: decapitate, decollate …   Wiktionary

  • Behead —    A method of taking away life practised among the Egyptians (Gen. 40:17 19). There are instances of this mode of punishment also among the Hebrews (2 Sam. 4:8; 20:21, 22; 2 Kings 10:6 8). It is also mentioned in the New Testament (Matt. 14:8… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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