loggerhead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n loggerhead very large carnivorous sea turtle; wide-ranging in warm open seas
    • n loggerhead a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loggerhead A blockhead; a dunce; a numskull.
    • Loggerhead A spherical mass of iron, with a long handle, used to heat tar.
    • Loggerhead (Zoöl) A very large marine turtle (Thalassochelys caretta syn. Thalassochelys caouana), common in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean, from Brazil to Cape Cod; -- called also logger-headed turtle.
    • Loggerhead (Zoöl) An American shrike (Lanius Ludovicianus), similar to the butcher bird, but smaller. See Shrike.
    • Loggerhead (Naut) An upright piece of round timber, in a whaleboat, over which a turn of the line is taken when it is running out too fast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loggerhead A blockhead; a dunce; a dolt; a thickskull.
    • n loggerhead A spherical mass of iron with a long handle, used after being heated for various purposes, as to liquefy tar, to ignite the priming of a cannon, etc. Also called loggerheat.
    • n loggerhead A post in the stern of a whale-boat, with a bell-shaped head, around which the harpoon-line passes; a snubbing-post.
    • n loggerhead The hawk-billed turtle, a marine species of the genus Thalassochelys, as the American loggerhead, T. caouana or caretta, or the Indian, T. olivacea; also, the alligator-turtle of the southern United States, Macrochelys lacertina.
    • n loggerhead The small gray or Carolinian shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, a bird of the family Laniidæ, resident and abundant in the southern parts of the United States, and sometimes as far north as New England. It is about 8¼ inches long (the wing and tail each 4 inches), slate-colored above and white below, with the wings and tail black and white, the scapulars and upper tail-coverts bleached a little, and each side of the head marked by a black bar, the two bars meeting on the forehead. The bird is a geographical race of the common white-rumped shrike, L. excubitorides, and its habits are the same as those of other butcher-birds.
    • n loggerhead A flycatcher.
    • n loggerhead The chub.
    • n loggerhead A kind of sponge found in Florida.
    • n loggerhead plural The knapweed, Centaurea nigra; also, the blue-bottle, C. Cyanus.
    • n loggerhead In the southern United States, the common snapping-turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
    • n loggerhead Specifically— in the British West Indies, a name applied to two large tyrant flycatchers, Pitangus caudifas-ciatus, and Myiarchus crinitus.
    • n loggerhead The steamer-duck, Tachyeres cinereus, a flightless water-fowl of the Falkland Islands and Straits of Magellan.
    • n loggerhead A lever or walking-beam which connects the piston-rod of an engine to the pump-plunger.
    • n loggerhead A pewter inkstand, circular and very heavy.
    • n loggerhead A large, heavy head, out of proportion to the body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Loggerhead a blockhead: a dunce:
    • Loggerhead (naut.) a round piece of timber, in a whale-boat, over which the line is passed: a species of sea-turtle: a round mass of iron with a long handle, heated for various purposes
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Idioms

At loggerheads - If people are at loggerheads, they are arguing and can't agree on anything.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Log, + head,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. lág, a felled tree, liggja, to lie. Cf. Lie and Log.

Usage

In literature:

We may be at loggerheads with the French, or Russians, or some other people before your commission is over.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
He had a temper as well as his grandfather, and the pair had often been at loggerheads before.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
The shearers, at loggerheads with the squatters, proposed to arrange their differences by arson.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Matches, locks, or loggerheads were nowhere to be found.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
For many years Virginia and Maryland had been at loggerheads over the navigation of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
They were frequently at loggerheads, too, with their governors over the question of salaries.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Well, my dear fellow, we shall not come to loggerheads about that.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The boat-steerer now stood ready to let the lines run through the loggerhead over the bows of the boat.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
But meanwhile other passengers in the boat had found time to get themselves at loggerheads.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
For the preceding twenty hours he had been at loggerheads with the crew.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
The loggerhead lays three sets of eggs, each averaging one hundred and seventy.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
That was the loggerhead, and you will soon see what it was used for.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
The loggerhead was applied, and one of our sixes spoke out in a smart report.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
Now then, Snowball, let's have that `loggerhead.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
A pleasant smell arose from it; he waited till it foamed up, and then drew the loggerhead out.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Their nesting habits and eggs are in every respect like those of the Loggerhead Shrike.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The two Americans, distracted by their sweating, cursed the heat and the loggerheads of their situation.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Has the sedate Ryan come to loggerheads with Mrs. Reilly the cook?
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
He calls Salmasius "a rogue," "a foreign insignificant professor," "a slug," "a silly loggerhead," "a superlative fool.
"Books Condemned to be Burnt" by James Anson Farrer
We two came to loggerheads early on Magdalen Tower.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
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In news:

Forum member Joe Devine saw this Loggerhead Shrike on Merritt Island, Florida.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center's sea turtle tracker.
The loggerhead is listed federally as a threatened species.
Beethoven and Helos at Loggerheads in LA.
Candidates at Loggerheads on School Choice.
Loggerhead nests have already been reported this year in Florida as far north as St Augustine.
The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast.
Kalamaki is one of six beaches along a 5.5 kilometer strip used as a nesting site by the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle.
LA-17 female Loggerhead sea turtle being cleaned by Audubon Nature Institute staff.
The Aquarium rescued six of these endangered turtles and also a larger Loggerhead turtle today.
After all, if you can give a shrike the name of loggerhead, why can't the powers that be do as well for these two woodpeckers .
The aquarium 's 18-year-old Loggerhead turtle brothers, who live in a tank away from public viewing, each now weigh close to 300 pounds.
Five loggerhead turtles were taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center.
Voyage of the Lonely Turtle depicts a loggerhead sea turtle 's remarkable journey across an ocean back to its familial nesting site.
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