from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
- n. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: "It is not yet clear whether the ecologists will establish a beachhead in the economists' carefully constructed intellectual empire” ( Peter Passell).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An area of hostile territory (especially on a beach) that, when captured, serves for the continuous landing (or movement into position) of further troops and material
- n. an initial success that ensures the possibility of further advances in a project; a foothold
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an area in hostile territory that has been occupied and is held to allow aditional troops and supplies to enter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation
- n. an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments
beach + head (Wiktionary)