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Spithead

[spit-hed] /ˈspɪtˈhɛd/
noun
1.
a roadstead off the S coast of England between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
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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

Spithead

/ˌspɪtˈhɛd/
noun
1.
an extensive anchorage between the mainland of England and the Isle of Wight, off Portsmouth
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