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[spit-hed] /ˈspɪtˈhɛd/
a roadstead off the S coast of England between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Unabridged
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  • Very well; soon as we anchor off Spithead, he outs with a boat and lands us ashore.

    The Mayor of Troy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He, however, was compelled to return to Spithead without meeting them.

  • The government sent Lords of the Admiralty here, and they offered pardon if we accepted the terms of the Spithead settlement.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • We quitted it with a convoy on the 28th, and arrived at Spithead the following morning.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • The naval review at Spithead, upon the close of the Crimean war in 1856, was the greatest up to that time.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • The Ruby had arrived with the rest of the fleet at Spithead.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The channel for the harbour, from Spithead, is comparatively narrow, and is commanded by the batteries at Southsea Castle.

  • At length we went out to Spithead and took our powder on board.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • Of these only fifteen, and one child, had died since the departure from Spithead.

  • We sailed at the end of May from Spithead, for a cruise off Ushant.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Spithead


an extensive anchorage between the mainland of England and the Isle of Wight, off Portsmouth
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