dreadnaught

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dreadnaught battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dreadnaught A dreadnought, in either sense.
    • Dreadnaught A fearless person.
    • Dreadnaught Hence: A garment made of very thick cloth, that can defend against storm and cold; also, the cloth itself; fearnaught.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dreadnaught A person who fears nothing.
    • n dreadnaught Something that assures against fear.
    • n dreadnaught Hence A thick cloth with a long pile, used for warm clothing or for protection against the elements; a garment made of such cloth. Also called fearnaught.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dreadnaught 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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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:

A dreadnaught joined us today, the Louisiana.
"Adventures and Letters" by Richard Harding Davis
Many statesmen have been infected by this Dreadnaught fever.
"America Through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat" by Wu Tingfang
Ambition: Universal peace with all dreadnaughts steel trust armored.
"Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date" by Anonymous
Therefore, relieved from responsibility by the presence of this Dreadnaught of a 'scope, we loafed and looked about us.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
Louis XV was excessively timid: with an air which appeared of a dreadnaught quality, he was fearful at heart.
"Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry" by Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
Louis XV was excessively timid: with an air which appeared of a dreadnaught quality, he was fearful at heart.
"Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry" by Baron Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
The Goliath was one of the older British battleships of the pre-dreadnaught type.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
A Modern Dreadnaught 49.
"The World War and What was Behind It" by Louis P. Benezet
The result was a competition in dreadnaught building quite as feverish as the competition in armies.
"A School History of the Great War" by Albert E. McKinley, Charles A. Coulomb, and Armand J. Gerson
It was under a rain of fire that would have shattered a dreadnaught of the 1920's.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
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In poetry:

The sins of all the war-lords burn his heart.
He sees the dreadnaughts scouring every main.
He carries on his shawl-wrapped shoulders now
The bitterness, the folly and the pain.
"Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Plymouth (0-1) shot poorly and made 21 turnovers, compared to just four by the Dreadnaughts, who led virtually all night.
Kathleen High Cheerleaders take turns doing pushups after the Red Devils score another touchdown against cross town rivals the Lakeland Dreadnaughts 2006.
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