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[rohd-sted] /ˈroʊdˌstɛd/
noun, Nautical.
road (def 4).
Origin of roadstead
First recorded in 1325-75, roadstead is from the Middle English word radestede. See road, stead Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After obtaining leave from the doge to go out and give battle, he sailed into the roadstead on the 25th.

  • To quit a port or roadstead, and proceed to the destination.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It blowing too fresh to get a pilot, we ran into a roadstead at the mouth of the Shannon, and anchored with both bowers.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We had a very short passage to Batavia, and anchored in the roadstead.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • In front is the great Hampton roadstead, usually containing fleets of wind-bound vessels and some men-of-war.

  • In this roadstead, strange to us both, Burns and I remained on deck almost all the time.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • The roadstead was fairly full of shipping, which included a gunboat, one or two steamers, and several large sailing-ships.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • All the armament mustered at the roadstead of St. Valery, at the mouth of the Somme.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The roadstead of Lorient is a great deep-water harbour, which can shelter the largest ships afloat.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • The Persian fleet sailed from the roadstead of Phalerum during that same night.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
British Dictionary definitions for roadstead


(nautical) another word for road (sense 5)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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