bridgehead

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bridge +‎ -head; A calque translation of the French tête de pont.

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bridgehead (plural bridgeheads)

  1. An area around the end of a bridge.
  2. (military) A fortification around the end of a bridge.
  3. (military) An area of ground on the enemy's side of a river or other obstacle, especially one that needs to be taken and defended in order to secure an advance.
  4. (chemistry) Either of the two atoms in different parts of a molecule that are connected by a bridge.

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