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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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  • About five it returned, gentle enough, enabling us to head for the roadstead.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • In this roadstead, strange to us both, Burns and I remained on deck almost all the time.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • The Gnat lay in the roadstead off Rathmullan, beyond reach that night.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • To quit a port or roadstead, and proceed to the destination.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It was dark by the time we brought up in the roadstead outside the harbour.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • We had a very short passage to Batavia, and anchored in the roadstead.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • We having reached the roadstead of Cadiz, found there a Dutch fleet.

  • All the armament mustered at the roadstead of St. Valery, at the mouth of the Somme.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Persian fleet sailed from the roadstead of Phalerum during that same night.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • Over two hundred vessels, large and small, lay there or out in the roadstead.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for roadstead


(nautical) another word for road (sense 5)
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