dreadnought

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dreadnought battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dreadnought A British battleship, completed in 1906 -- 1907, having an armament consisting of ten 12-inch guns mounted in turrets, 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 had a displacement of 17,900 tons at load draft, and a speed of 21 knots per hour.
    • Dreadnought Any battleship having its main armament entirely of big guns all of one caliber. Since the Dreadnought was built, the caliber of the heaviest guns has increased from 12 in. to 131/2 in., 14 in., and 15 in., and the displacement of the largest batteships from 18,000 tons to 30,000 tons and upwards. The term superdreadnought is popularly applied to battleships with such increased displacement and gun caliber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dreadnought one who dreads nothing—hence, a garment of thick cloth defending against the weather: the cloth of which it is made
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Quotations

  • David Lloyd George
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    “A fully equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts, and dukes are just as great a terror -- and they last longer.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dreden—A.S. on-drǽdan, to fear; Ice. ondréda, Old High Ger. in-tratan, to be afraid.

Usage

In literature:

Royal salutes from Dreadnoughts.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
At this time eleven destroyers accomplished the feat of driving 27 dreadnoughts from the field!
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
This was the "Lang Ormen," or "Long Serpent," a "Dreadnought" of those old Viking days.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He is in sailor togs, wearing a loose dreadnought coat, which he buttons on coming out of the cavern.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
All were dreadnoughts who looked upon it as a privilege to give their lives to smash Prussian militarism.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
The fact that the super-Dreadnought showed no signs of slowing down revived Kapitan Schwalbe's doubts.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The dreadnought was exactly half that sum.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
On Sunday afternoon another warship of the Dreadnought class quietly took her place ahead of us.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Each of these dreadnoughts had a speed of 23 knots.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Whereas England, at the same time, was building ships of the dreadnought type.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

And save the dreadnought band; and give
To Beaver Dam a name,
The pride of true Canadian hearts,
Of others, but the shame.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Foolish it may seem, sweet!
Still the battle thunder lours:
Darker look the Dreadnoughts as old Europe goes her way!
Yet your hand, your hand, has power to crush that evil dream, sweet;
You, with younger eyes than ours
And brows of English may.
"Drake" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

The elegantly understated, ultra-luxury Continental Mark II of 1956 was Ford's salvo directly across the bow of the dreadnought that was General Motors.
There are perhaps a dozen places in the Arthur Avenue area where you can score a dreadnought sandwich, one of the signal achievements of Italian American cuisine and, thankfully, bigger than a panini.
Because of the ever increasing costs of repairing the old dreadnought, plans to build a dry berth around the ancient Battleship Texas have been moved to the back burner – for now.
Stipe and Love collaborate on a version of "Rio Grande," while Iggy Pop provides some vocals to "A**hole Rules the Navy" with A Hawk and a Hacksaw and "The Dreadnought" with Elegant Too.
The owners of Magdon Music, 225 Lackawanna Ave, said someone took a Martin D-35 Dreadnought guitar valued at $1,500 between 6 and 7 pm, police said.
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