from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Leading; foremost.
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- adj. Closest to the front of a group or pack
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Most advanced; most forward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Most advanced; most forward; first in a line or order of progression: as, the headmost ship in a fleet.
On looking back, and discovering along the long level road which they had traversed a cloud of dust advancing, with one or two of the headmost troopers riding furiously in front of it, Quentin addressed his companion:
Closely examined by Agelastes, he confessed that the present detachment, so far as he understood, was despatched at the instance of Bohemond, and was under the command of his kinsman Tancred, whose well-known banner was floating from the headmost vessel.
He crossed the stream which divides the little valley, and was dragging himself up a ravine on the other side of its wild banks, when the headmost hounds, followed by the rest of the pack in full cry, burst from the coppice, followed by the huntsman and three or four riders.
Several soldiers pursued him by command of their officer, but, being well mounted, only the two headmost seemed likely to gain on him.
A fine male ostrich being turned by the headmost riders, tried to escape on one side.
At this time the Severn, near us, had caught the breeze, and was moving steadily out; a hawser was made fast to her mizen-chains secured to its bare end, which had just sufficient length to reach the painter of the headmost boat, towing; by this means the Leander's head was checked round, and we had again the gratification to see her following the others of the squadron.
Having led in, to support Captain Parker's division, keeping between his lines until the enemy opened their fire on him: we keeping on towards the pier, until I was aground in the headmost boat; then opened our fire, and threw about eight shells into it.
At length the headmost and best speaker (his words coming out like drops of water from an exhausted supply) "You may send and take away that of your nation, but the others we will not give up."
Mersey with a fine breeze and soon passed the headmost vessels in the fleet.
It is perhaps not remarkable that under these circumstances discretion outweighed valor; that the two headmost vessels FORGOT