verb (used with object)
- to cut off the head of; kill or execute by decapitation.
- Geology. (of a pirate stream) to divert the headwaters of (a river, stream, etc.).
- (tr) to remove the head from; decapitate
Old English beheafdian, from be-, here with privative force, + heafod (see head (n.)). Related: Beheaded; beheading.