Definition of headstick in US English:

headstick

noun

  • 1Printing. A piece of wood placed above the top of pages in a forme when they are imposed, so as to secure them and produce a margin at the head of the printed page. Compare "reglet". Now historical.

  • 2Nautical. A stick attached to the head of a triangular sail to prevent it from twisting.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Moxon (1627–1691), printer and globe maker. From head + stick.

Pronunciation

headstick

/ˈhɛdstɪk/