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beach·head

 (bēch′hĕd′)
n.
1. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
2. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: "It is not yet clear whether the ecologists will establish a beachhead in the economists' carefully constructed intellectual empire" (Peter Passell).

beachhead

(ˈbiːtʃˌhɛd)
n
1. (Military) an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
2. (Military) the object of an amphibious operation
[C20: modelled on bridgehead]

beach•head

(ˈbitʃˌhɛd)

n.
1. the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
2. a secure initial position that can be used for further advancement; foothold.
[1935–40]

beachhead

A designated area on a hostile or potentially hostile shore that, when seized and held, ensures the continuous landing of troops and materiel, and provides maneuver space requisite for subsequent projected operations ashore.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operationbeachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"
bridgehead, foothold - 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"
2.beachhead - an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
Translations

beachhead

[ˈbiːtʃhed] Ncabeza f de playa

beachhead

beach-head [ˈbiːtʃhɛd] ntête f de pont (sur une plage)beach umbrella nparasol m

beachhead

[ˈbiːtʃˌhɛd] ntesta di sbarco
References in classic literature ?
It is impossible here to give the reasons, but I am convinced that the shingle terraces were accumulated, during the gradual elevation of the Cordillera, by the torrents delivering, at successive levels, their detritus on the beachheads of long narrow arms of the sea, first high up the valleys, then lower and lower down as the land slowly rose.
And if a beachhead of co-operation may push back the jungle of suspicion.
Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the Australians who fought in the Kokoda and Beachheads campaigns as we mark the 75th anniversary today.
and is securing beachheads among Islamic immigrant communities in Europe and North America.
Wayne Mikkelsen, consul general and trade commissioner of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Dubai, who was leading the delegation under the Middle East Beachheads program, a government related program for exporters, said many New Zealand companies working internationally focus on high-value niches and have earned a reputation for their flexibility, competitiveness and ability to build successful and enduring relationships.
Over the past several years, we have warned of his role in establishing PLA beachheads at the world's strategic shipping ports.
gathered on the beachheads of Florida to determine my eternal destination.
He predicted that each withdrawal would diminish the fighting strength of his forces and lead ultimately to the occupation of beachheads where the troops could do no more than hang on.
MEMBERS of Mercia Military Society in Nuneaton were given a fascinating insight into Operation Pluto - an engineering project to provide fuel by pipeline from the Isle of Wight to the Normandy beachheads during the Second World War.
It truly solidifies our position as the dominant super-regional REIT in the Northeast, plus it provides us with new strategic beachheads in the Southwest for future growth opportunities.
In his last State of the University address, CSU Monterey Bay President Peter Smith stated, ``Today, we are seen as a secret promise for American higher education just as the troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy and established beachheads for campaigns to defeat the Axis powers.