- 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.
- an outer garment of heavy woolen cloth.
- a thick cloth with a long pile.
Origin of dreadnought
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Examples from the Web for dreadnought
The aero-sub was motionless and submerged just off the port bow of the dreadnought.
No, Sir, do as I bid you; just bring me the dreadnought and a round hat.'The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2
Thomas de Quincey
The sinking of the Dreadnought near the Nore was known in London within the hour.
Since the invasion and the sinking of the Dreadnought, ours had become a Navy of Berserkers.
The Dreadnought, off Greenwich, is a free hospital-ship for seamen of all nations.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- a battleship armed with heavy guns of uniform calibre
- an overcoat made of heavy cloth
- slang a heavyweight boxer
- a person who fears nothing
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Word Origin and History for dreadnought
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