AskDefine | Define headless

Dictionary Definition

headless adj
1 not having a head or formed without a head ; "the headless horseman"; "brads are headless nails" [ant: headed]
2 not using intelligence [syn: brainless]

User Contributed Dictionary



head + -less


  1. Without a head, either in the physical sense of decapitation or figuratively without leadership.
    How did the headless horseman see to chase Ichabod?
    The headless army blundered along for a while after the death of the general, but accomplished nothing.
  2. (of a phrase or compound) Not having a head morpheme or word.

Extensive Definition

In software, headless refers to computer programs that use textual input/output to interact with users, instead of using graphics or graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
In computer hardware, headless refers to a server with no monitor, graphics card, or keyboard attached. Interaction with it depends on the use of a network connection, serial communications, or the use of a "crash cart."
A headless is also a type of foe encountered in the role-playing universe of Ultima. They are naked humans, without a head.
The Headless are also NPC's found in the first low level Exile hideout in the role-playing universe of The Matrix Online. These are clothed, human looking programs with no heads.
Headless is also the term used for describing a person or animal who has no head whether through deformity or removal. Because virtually all living organisms require their brain to carry out basic functions, there are few non-fictitious examples of living organisms lacking heads.

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