spearhead

[speer-hed]
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noun
  1. the sharp-pointed head that forms the piercing end of a spear.
  2. any person, contingent, or force that leads an attack, undertaking, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to act as a spearhead for: She spearheaded the drive for new members.

Origin of spearhead

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at spear1, head

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Historical Examples of spearhead

  • At length the spearhead was ready for the finishing touches.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • And every movement of the bison had driven the spearhead deeper.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • While Chipper worked at a spearhead, the other men were moving about.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • Fig. 201 represents a spearhead of iron from Brandenburg, North Germany.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • Here the soil was firm, and the spearhead had to be forced home.

    Captured at Tripoli

    Percy F. Westerman


British Dictionary definitions for spearhead

spearhead

noun
  1. the pointed head of a spear
  2. the leading force in a military attack
  3. any person or thing that leads or initiates an attack, a campaign, etc
verb
  1. (tr) to lead or initiate (an attack, a campaign, etc)
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Word Origin and History for spearhead
n.

c.1400, from spear (n.1) + head (n.). Figurative sense of "leading element" (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938. Related: Spearheaded; spearheading.

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