[ speer-hed ]
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  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.: Cuba was the spearhead of the independence movement within Latin America.

verb (used with object)
  1. to lead or initiate (an undertaking): She is spearheading an ambitious research project whose results may be used by NASA.

Origin of spearhead

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; see origin at spear1, head

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How to use spearhead in a sentence

  • Or helping spearhead the push for comprehensive immigration reform among American Christians.

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  • MacRae's seat, stone-marker, and aboriginal spearhead; the three lined up like the sights of a modern rifle.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • See if you can strike off tiny flakes until the large flake looks like a spearhead.

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • In the coffin were also a bronze spearhead and several weapons of flint—facts which all go to establish a remote date.

    In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious | W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
  • On 4th June, 1915, in Gallipoli, you forced your way like a spearhead into and through line upon line of Turkish trenches.

  • The spearhead at the same rate would weigh about eighteen pounds twelve ounces.

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British Dictionary definitions for spearhead


/ (ˈspɪəˌhɛd) /

  1. the pointed head of a spear

  2. the leading force in a military attack

  1. any person or thing that leads or initiates an attack, a campaign, etc

  1. (tr) to lead or initiate (an attack, a campaign, etc)

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