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beachhead

noun

  1. (bridgehead)  a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
    Type of: bridgehead
  2. (accomplishment)  an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
    Synonyms: foothold. Type of: accomplishment

Etymology summary

in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from "beach" + "head",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Beachhead

a temporary line created when a military unit reaches a beach by sea and begins to defend the area while other reinforcements help out until a unit large enough to begin advancing has arrived. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with bridgehead... (42 of 383 words, 2 images)

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Beachhead (disambiguation)

A beachhead is the line created when a unit reaches a beach by sea and begins to defend that area of beach. Beachhead or Beach Head may also refer to: Beachhead (film) a 1954 film starring Tony Curtis and Frank Lovejoy | "Beachhead" (Stargate SG-1), a ... (45 of 141 words, 5 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

beachhead

an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed | the object of an amphibious operation (26 of 454 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beachhead

Oxford Dictionary:

beachhead

a defended position on a beach taken from the enemy by landing forces, from which an attack can be launched (20 of 53 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beachhead

American Heritage Dictionary:

beachhead

A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force. | A first achievement that opens the way for further ... (24 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beachhead

Random House Dictionary:

beachhead

the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore. | a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used ... (28 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/beachhead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beachhead [countable] | beachheads [plural]

an area on a beach or beside a river that an army takes control of in order to attack further into the land (23 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beachhead

Cambridge Dictionary:

beachhead

an area of land near the sea or a river that an attacking army has taken control of and from where it can move forward into enemy country (28 of 45 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beachhead

Wiktionary:

beachhead | beachheads [plural] | beach head [sense-specific] | beach-head [sense-specific]

[military] An area of hostile territory (especially on a beach) that, when captured, serves for the continuous landing (or movement into position) of further troops and material | an initial success that ensures the possibility of further advances in a... (39 of 45 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beachhead

Merriam-Webster:

beachhead | foothold [synonym, sense-specific]

an area on a hostile shore occupied to secure further landing of troops and supplies | "foothold" (16 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beachhead

New World Dictionary:

beachhead

a position established by invading troops on an enemy shore | a position gained as a secure starting point for any action; foothold (22 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beachhead

Encarta Dictionary:

beachhead | beachheads [plural]

a part of an enemy shoreline that troops have captured and are using as a base for launching an attack | an initial success that lays the groundwork ... (27 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589433​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

beachhead

First use: 1940

Origin: in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from "beach" + "head", on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=beachhead

Oxford Dictionary:

beachhead

Origin: Second World War (originally United States): formed on the pattern of bridgehead

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beachhead

Collins Dictionary:

beachhead

First use: 20th century

Origin: modelled on bridgehead

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beachhead

Wiktionary:

beachhead

Origin: beach + head

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beachhead

beach | beaches [plural] | beached [past tense] | beaching [present participle]

Origin: Middle English bache, bæcche ("bank, sandbank"), from Old English bæċe, beċe ("beck, brook, stream"), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz ("brook"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- ("flowing water"). Cognate... (24 of 42 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beach

head | headed [past tense] | heading [present participle] | heads [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Old English hēafod ("head; top; source, origin; chief, leader; capital"), from Proto-Germanic *haubudą ("head"), from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, ... (24 of 88 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/head

Encarta Dictionary:

beachhead | beachheads [plural]

Origin: After bridgehead

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589433​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

beachhead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beachhead"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beachhead

Macmillan British Dictionary:

beachhead [countable] | beachheads [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beachhead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beachhead

Macmillan American Dictionary:

beachhead [countable] | beachheads [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beachhead"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/beachhead

Cambridge Dictionary:

beachhead

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "beachhead"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "beachhead"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beachhead

the Free Dictionary:

beachhead

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "beachhead"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "beachhead"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "beachhead" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

beachhead | beachheads [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "beachhead"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

beachhead

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beachhead"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=beachh​01 word=beachhead

YourDictionary Audio:

beachhead

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beachhead" by speech synthesizer

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