Bridgehead meaning

brĭjhĕd
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The area immediately adjacent to the end of a bridge.
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A fortified place or position established by an attacking force on the enemy's side of a bridge, river, defile, etc.
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An area around the end of a bridge.
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(military) A fortification around the end of a bridge.
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(military) An area of ground on the enemy's side of a river or other obstacle, especially one that needs to be taken and defended in order to secure an advance.
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(chemistry) Either of the two atoms in different parts of a molecule that are connected by a bridge.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bridgehead
Plural:
bridgeheads

Origin of bridgehead

  • Translation of French tête de pont tête head de of pont bridge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • bridge +‎ -head; A calque translation of the French tête de pont.

    From Wiktionary