Definition of dreadnought in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɛdnɔːt


  • 1 historical A type of battleship introduced in the early 20th century, larger and faster than its predecessors and equipped entirely with large-calibre guns.
    [named after Britain's HMS Dreadnought, which was the first to be completed (1906)]
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    • John Fisher was astute enough to support most technical developments - such as submarines and the dreadnoughts - and his impact on naval policy on World War One cannot be disputed.
    • Instead, for political reasons, he got dreadnoughts - which were then stationed near home.
    • In addition to these vessels, Congress authorized seven dreadnoughts in 1916 and seven fast battleships in 1940, none of which was finished.
  • 2 archaic A fearless person.
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    • But that's exactly what happened when the two eternal dreadnoughts of Scottish football last met, on April 29.
    • Murray, long a comedic dreadnought, has in recent years come into his prime as a dramatic actor.
    • The ex-Darlington dreadnought returned against Forest Green Rovers but did not train for much of last week after aggravating the injury.
  • 3 archaic A heavy overcoat for stormy weather.

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