from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sharpened head of a spear.
  • n. The leading forces in a military thrust.
  • n. The driving force in a given action, endeavor, or movement.
  • transitive v. To be the leader of (a movement, for example): "spearheaded the effort to offer classes in settlement houses [and] provide lecturers to women's clubs” ( Catherine Clinton).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The pointed head, or end, of a spear.
  • n. One who leads or initiates an activity (such as an attack or a campaign).
  • n. The leading military unit in an attack.
  • n. A player who initiates attacking moves
  • v. To drive or campaign ardently for, as an effort, project, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pointed head, or end, of a spear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The head of a spear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)
  • n. the head and sharpened point of a spear
  • v. be the leader of
  • n. the leading military unit in an attack


spear + head (Wiktionary)


  • I thank you, Sir, and may I add this: In your reference to the spearhead, I couldn't help but think that the force behind the spearhead is Leo Dolan.

    Canada's Tourist Industry

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've actually been called the spearhead of the surge.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2009

  • HAIGHT: (INAUDIBLE) have been kind of called the spearhead of the surge.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2009

  • Foreign commentators have suggested that it be classed with China, India and Brazil as one of the group of large, fast-expanding economies identified as the spearhead of global growth.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Up to today the extremely rare Z-tune is known as the spearhead of the R34 GT-R family and was referred to as "the world's best sports car" for a long time - there are many who still do.

    Top Speed

  • The second-placed Bulls have also recalled spearhead Ashley Noffke from a lingering back problem, while fellow paceman Chris Swan has shrugged off a groin injury. News Feed

  • Are you on any advisory boards to "spearhead" things?


  • Officially, Baker, a Brit, will "spearhead" the Journal's "development as a national paper of influence and as an unrivaled international business-news franchise," Thomson said at the announcement.

    Murdoch’s Last Laugh

  • According to today's Daily Record, Sarah Brown is set to "spearhead" the Labour campaign in Glenrothes.

    Brown counts on the Sarah Effect

  • World War, was called a "spearhead" into the country to the south, and it was from this country that the Mexican, Greaser or other sheep herders might be expected to invade the range long held sacred to horses and cattle.

    The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek or Fighting the Sheep Herders


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