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headmost

[hed-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈhɛdˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
adjective
1.
most advanced; foremost.
Origin of headmost
1620-1630
1620-30; head + -most
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  • On came the headmost ship with the Dolphin hand over hand, the flag of France flaunting proudly at her peak.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • The headmost boat is within ten fathoms of the fish—I am sure it will be ours.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • We now began to fire on the headmost ships of the enemy, which were coming on towards us.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • As the headmost boats neared the fort the fire became hotter.

    The Three Lieutenants W.H.G. Kingston
  • The brig, which was the headmost of the two vessels, was now nearly crossing our stern.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • The headmost one, a frigate, signalled to us to heave-to, an order our captain very unwillingly obeyed.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • The headmost of the boats was smashed, and was a wreck on the bay.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • The headmost fired a shot at the schooner—to try the range, I suppose—but it fell short.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • Though he endeavoured to near them, he intended not to make any attack until the Defiance had got abreast of the headmost.

  • A shot from the headmost one could now have reached us, but she appeared to be waiting for the other to get up with her.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for headmost

headmost

/ˈhɛdˌməʊst/
adjective
1.
a less common word for foremost
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