dreadnoughts

dreadnought

[dred-nawt]
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.
Also, dreadnaught.


Origin:
1800–10; dread + nought

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dreadnought or dreadnaught (ˈdrɛdˌnɔːt)
 
n
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
 
dreadnaught or dreadnaught
 
n

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Dreadnought
"battleship," lit. "fearing nothing," 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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