1. The title, subtitle, or topic that stands at the top or beginning, as of a paragraph, letter, or chapter.
2. The course or direction in which a ship or aircraft is pointing or moving.
a. A gallery or drift in a mine.
b. The end of a gallery or drift.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.