Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a position established by invading troops on an enemy shore
- a position gained as a secure starting point for any action; foothold
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
- 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).