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dreadnought

[dred-nawt] /ˈdrɛdˌnɔt/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; dread + nought
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Examples for dreadnought
  • World war i the first world war was an anticlimax for the great dreadnought fleets.
British Dictionary definitions for dreadnought

dreadnought

/ˈdrɛdˌnɔːt/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for dreadnought

Dreadnought

n.

"battleship," literally "fearing nothing," from dread (v.) + nought (n.). Mentioned as 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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