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dreadnought

or dread·naught

[dred-nawt]
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noun
  1. a type of battleship armed with heavy-caliber guns in turrets: so called from the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906, the first of its type.
  2. an outer garment of heavy woolen cloth.
  3. a thick cloth with a long pile.

Origin of dreadnought

First recorded in 1800–10; dread + nought
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Examples from the Web for dreadnought

Historical Examples

  • The aero-sub was motionless and submerged just off the port bow of the dreadnought.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930

    Various

  • No, Sir, do as I bid you; just bring me the dreadnought and a round hat.'

  • The sinking of the Dreadnought near the Nore was known in London within the hour.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • Since the invasion and the sinking of the Dreadnought, ours had become a Navy of Berserkers.

    The Message

    Alec John Dawson

  • The Dreadnought, off Greenwich, is a free hospital-ship for seamen of all nations.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for dreadnought

dreadnought

dreadnaught

noun
  1. a battleship armed with heavy guns of uniform calibre
  2. an overcoat made of heavy cloth
  3. slang a heavyweight boxer
  4. a person who fears nothing
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Word Origin and History for dreadnought

Dreadnought

n.

"battleship," literally "fearing nothing," from dread (v.) + nought (n.). Mentioned as the name of a ship in the Royal Navy c.1596, but modern sense is from the name of the first of a new class of British battleships mainly armed with big guns of one caliber, launched Feb. 18, 1906.

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