One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Moxon (1627–1691), printer and globe maker. From head + stick.
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