from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fortified position from which troops defend the end of a bridge nearest the enemy.
- n. A forward position seized by advancing troops in enemy territory as a foothold for further advance.
- n. The area immediately adjacent to the end of a bridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An area around the end of a bridge.
- n. A fortification around the end of a bridge.
- n. An area of ground on the enemy's side of a bridge, especially one that needs to be taken and defended in order to secure an advance.
- n. Either of the two atoms in different parts of a molecule that are connected by a bridge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fortification commanding the extremity of a bridge nearest the enemy, to insure the preservation and usefulness of the bridge, and prevent the enemy from crossing; a tête-de-pont.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a work covering that end of a bridge which is most exposed to an enemy; a tête-de-pont.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
- n. a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
Translation of French tête de pont : tête, head + de, of + pont, bridge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bridge + -head; A calque translation of the French tête de pont. (Wiktionary)