Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That point of a military position, intrenched or otherwise, in which its principal strength lies, and the loss of which would force the assailed to retire.
“The new Shmoop Civics section offers charts, explanations, and key-point lists about the branches of US Government.”
“Thus the spell which seemed to shut from view this key-point of a vast interior country remained till the prophetic eye of capital discovered and possessed it.”
“This eddy makes the key-point of contact of the humid Gulf winds with the cool winds of the westerly current, and likewise being the northwestern terminal point of the course of the great northeasters, the contact being the cause of the excess in precipitation.”
“Northern Army commander had wedged a heavy force in there, threatening the key-point Obozerskaya.”
“As soon as the cavalry returned, I saw that an attempt on the road was frustrated, and accordingly have placed McDowell's brigade to our right front, guarding the pass of Snake Creek; Stuart's brigade to the left front, to watch the pass of Lick Creek; and I shall this morning move directly out on the Corinth road, about eight miles to or toward Pea Ridge, which is a key-point to the southwest.”
“The fight raged furiously about 10 a.m., when General Corse received a severe wound, was brought off the field, and the command of the brigade and of the assault at that key-point devolved on that fine young, gallant officer, Colonel”
“As soon as possible, the following dispositions were made: The brigades of Colonels Cockrell and Alexander, and General Lightburn, were to hold our hill as the key-point.”
“The average person looks at the map and supposes that in the event of war between Russia and Japan, the key-point would be Vladivostok, the end of the Russian railway, reaching across Siberia to the Pacific Coast.”
“Then there came the attack on that key-point of all France's power, Old Niagara, almost on our border here.”
“During this same expedition, he spoke of the fact that their commanding officer had missed the key-point, by saying:”
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