• WordNet 3.6
    • n deadhead a train or bus or taxi traveling empty
    • n deadhead a nonenterprising person who is not paying his way "the deadheads on the payroll should be eased out as fast as possible"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deadhead (Naut) A buoy. See under Dead a.
    • Deadhead One who receives free tickets for theaters, public conveyances, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deadhead In founding: The extra length of metal given to a cast gun. It serves to receive the dross, which rises to the surface of the liquid metal, and would he, were it not for the dead-head, at the muzzle of the gun. When cooled and solidified, the dead-head is cut off. Also called sinking-head or sprue.
    • n deadhead The tailstock of a lathe. It contains the dead-spindle and back-center, while the live-head or headstock contains the live-spindle.
    • n deadhead Nautical, a rough block of wood used as an anchor-buoy.
    • n deadhead One who is allowed to ride in a public conveyance, to attend a theater or other place of entertainment, or to obtain any privilege having its public price, without payment.
    • deadhead To provide free passage, admission, etc., for; pass or admit without payment, as on a railroad or into a theater: as, to deadhead a passenger, or a guest at a hotel.
    • deadhead To travel on a train, steamboat, etc., or gain admission to a theater or similar place, without payment.
    • n deadhead In lumbering, a sunken or partly sunken log.
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In literature:

The Grateful Dead and their thousands of Deadhead devotees are radical Bohemians.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
There were deadheads in abundance, mostly officials and politicians.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
Why, they are the deadheads, the drones in the great hive, the street crowds that lounge about, gaping at those who are working.
"Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" by Jerome K. Jerome
He carried a cold-chisel and hammer, but he found no use for them, for the pulley was roped to the deadhead.
"The Iron Trail" by Rex Beach
I never thought I'd live to see the day when Keep A-Movin' Dan would decide to deadhead until the heat death of the Universe.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
Them few deadheads we've picked up along the line; mossbacks left 'em stranded.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
If you want bogus leaders sham soldiers to handle, You'll now have to take duffers, deadheads, and cads!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 11, 1891" by Various
Let us consider the deadhead for a while.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
I hear of "Ulster bigots," "Ulster deadheads," and assertions made that the opposition only proceeds from a few aristocratic Tory landlords.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
Still, deadhead or not, a spectator you are, and, as such, you see the easy side.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates

In news:

This fall, Deadheads of all-ages will have the opportunity to see and experience the Grateful Dead one more time.
Deadheading annual flowers Below is a look at a geranium that hasn't been deadheaded …it is a healthy plant but all those seed pods are preventing it from developing any new flowers.
Deadheading roses Anyone who grows roses knows the value of deadheading .
Not only is Mr McCartney not known as a Deadhead , but he has never even seen the band perform live.
A Deadhead's Dream for a Campus Archive.
Not only is Mr McCartney not known as a Deadhead, but he has never even seen the band perform live.
Don Henley once sang of spotting a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.
If you want the best looks and maximum yield, weed , thin and deadhead.
Members of the Gateway Garden Club cleaned and weeded the Blue Star Garden on June 1 and trimmed and deadheaded spent plants.
"My dad is a Deadhead, my mom's a Jewish-American princess from Jersey," the glam rocker said.
Fans embrace the term " moe .ron" similar to "Deadhead" and "Phishhead.
If you haven't deadheaded every single flower as have been bidding you, you might find some seeds to save to start the process over again.
Frequent, light pruning is usually more effective for trees, plants and shrubs (and even some annual flowers that benefit from deadheading or pinching back to promote better growth and blooming) than occasional extreme pruning .
Whether you are pruning , trimming or deadheading, early pruning is better for the lavender in your herb garden.
In which our young columnist discovers Deadhead culture.