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[spit-hed] /ˈspɪtˈhɛd/
a roadstead off the S coast of England between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The gentleman of whom I spoke went down to Spithead to see them off.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "Those chaps are trying to get in between the Spithead forts," said Erskine.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • He, however, was compelled to return to Spithead without meeting them.

  • I speak of the mutinies which broke out at the Nore, at Spithead, and elsewhere.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • We quitted it with a convoy on the 28th, and arrived at Spithead the following morning.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Ruby had arrived with the rest of the fleet at Spithead.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • At length we went out to Spithead and took our powder on board.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • At length, the ship being ready for sea, she sailed out to Spithead.

    Ben Hadden W.H.G. Kingston
  • We sailed at the end of May from Spithead, for a cruise off Ushant.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • When I again opened my eyes, I found that the boat was almost at Spithead.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Spithead


an extensive anchorage between the mainland of England and the Isle of Wight, off Portsmouth
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