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bridge·head

 (brĭj′hĕd′)
n.
1.
a. A fortified position from which troops defend the end of a bridge nearest the enemy.
b. A forward position seized by advancing troops in enemy territory as a foothold for further advance.
2. The area immediately adjacent to the end of a bridge.

[Translation of French tête de pont : tête, head + de, of + pont, bridge.]

bridgehead

(ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd)
n
1. (Military) an area of ground secured or to be taken on the enemy's side of an obstacle, esp a defended river
2. (Fortifications) a fortified or defensive position at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
3. an advantageous position gained for future expansion

bridge•head

(ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd)

n.
1. a position secured on the enemy side of a river or other obstacle to cover the crossing of friendly troops.
2. any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement.
3. a defensive work protecting the end of a bridge toward the enemy.
[1805–15]

bridgehead

An area of ground held or to be gained on the enemy's side of an obstacle. See also airhead; beachhead.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bridgehead - an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies; "an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines"; "the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
combat area, combat zone - a military area where combat forces operate
airhead - a bridgehead seized by airborne troops
beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"
2.bridgehead - a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
post, station - the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand; "a soldier manned the entrance post"; "a sentry station"
Translations

bridgehead

[ˈbrɪdʒhed] N (Mil) → cabeza f de puente

bridgehead

[ˈbrɪdʒhɛd] ntête f de pontbridging loan [ˈbrɪdʒɪŋ] n (British)prêt-relais m

bridgehead

[ˈbrɪdʒˌhɛd] n (Mil) → testa di ponte
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