Definition of Dreadnought

1. Noun. Battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber.

Exact synonyms: Dreadnaught
Generic synonyms: Battleship, Battlewagon



Definition of Dreadnought

1. n. A British battleship, completed in 1906 -- 1907, having an armament consisting of ten 12-inch guns, and of twenty-four 12-pound quick-fire guns for protection against torpedo boats. This was the first battleship of the type characterized by a main armament of big guns all of the same caliber. She has a displacement of 17,900 tons at load draft, and a speed of 21 knots per hour.

Definition of Dreadnought

1. Noun. a battleship, especially of the World War I era, in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) a type of warship heavier in armour or armament than a typical battleship ¹

3. Noun. One that is the largest or the most powerful of its kind. ¹

4. Noun. A garment made of thick woollen cloth that can defend against storm and cold. ¹

5. Noun. The cloth itself; fearnaught. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dreadnought

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dreadnought

dreadfully
dreadfulness
dreadfulnesses
dreadfuls
dreading
dreadingly
dreadless
dreadlessness
dreadlock
dreadlocked
dreadlocking
dreadlocks
dreadly
dreadnaught
dreadnaughts
dreadnought (current term)
dreadnoughts
dreads
dream
dream-work
dream catcher
dream catchers
dream come true
dream factory
dream on
dream pain
dream pop
dream team
dream up

Literary usage of Dreadnought

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Black's Picturesque Tourist of Scotland by Adam and Charles Black (Firm), Adam and Charles Black (Firm (1861)
"CALLANDER. [Hotels: The dreadnought ; M'Gregor"8.] Both Hotels are under the management of the same proprietor. The dreadnought is ..."

2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1822)
"... OB, DAVID dreadnought AGAINST BOUND-ROBIN.* WHEN an earthquake occurs in Ca- and the pretty house-maid appears ..."

3. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1858)
"REMARKS ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SURGEONS OF THE "dreadnought" AS TO ... By J. CROFT, Esq., Assistant-Surgeon to the " dreadnought." [This operation, so far ..."

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