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running head

[′rən·iŋ ′hed]
(graphic arts)
A title (as of a chapter, of a section, or of the book itself) which appears at the top of almost every page of a book.

Running Head


heading information, such as the title of a work, part, chapter, or paragraph, found at the top of each page of a book, newspaper, or magazine. In encyclopedias and dictionaries running heads—titles of the first and last articles on a page or their initial letters—replace the table of contents, thus facilitating location of material. Running heads are used for the same purpose in scientific and scholarly literature with a complicated textual organization. In magazines the author’s last name and the title of the work are usually included in the running head, and in newspapers the running head consists of the name, date, and consecutive number of the newspaper.

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These tables record all kinds of abstruse information, such as the presence, position, and orientation of watermarks, the thickness of the paper, the dimensions of running headlines (oddly called 'running titels' (sic) in the table of contents), whether initials are followed by upper- or lower-case letters, frequency of abbreviations in different parts of the Latin and German editions, etc.
Indeed, rumour has it some of our foreign colleagues deliberately misheard Blatter and the people of Spain and Italy are running headlines today describing the `Smelly World Cup'.
Tyndale's attention to detail is evident in the glosses and running headlines that he provided for the unique fragment of the Cologne printing preserved at the British Library (shelf mark G.