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[hed-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈhɛdˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
most advanced; foremost.
Origin of headmost
First recorded in 1620-30; head + -most Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We now began to fire on the headmost ships of the enemy, which were coming on towards us.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The headmost vessel is a merchantman; by the cut of her canvas, I should say she was English.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • This arrangement was made as we pulled towards the headmost prahu.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • The headmost boat is within ten fathoms of the fish—I am sure it will be ours.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • As the headmost boats neared the fort the fire became hotter.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The brig, which was the headmost of the two vessels, was now nearly crossing our stern.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • The headmost ship proved a two-decker of at least fifty guns.

  • The headmost of the boats was smashed, and was a wreck on the bay.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • Every oar was most vigorously plied, and in a few minutes the headmost boat was greeted with "Boat ahoy!"

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • Though he endeavoured to near them, he intended not to make any attack until the Defiance had got abreast of the headmost.

British Dictionary definitions for headmost


a less common word for foremost
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