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1. A battleship armed with six or more guns having calibers of 12 inches or more.
2. A type of acoustic guitar with a larger body and louder sound than typical of most guitars.


(ˈdrɛdˌnɔːt) or


1. (Military) a battleship armed with heavy guns of uniform calibre
2. (Clothing & Fashion) an overcoat made of heavy cloth
3. (Boxing) slang a heavyweight boxer
4. a person who fears nothing


or dread•naught


a type of battleship with primary armament consisting entirely of heavy-caliber guns.
(dread + nought; so called from the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906, the first of its type]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dreadnought - battleship that has big guns all of the same caliberdreadnought - battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
battleship, battlewagon - large and heavily armoured warship


[ˈdrednɔːt] N (Hist) → acorazado m


n (Naut) → Dreadnought m
References in classic literature ?
"There is a crack packet - crack packet o' fame, She hails from Noo York, an' the Dreadnought's her name.
"Now the Dreadnought she lies in the River Mersey, Because of the tugboat to take her to sea; But when she's off soundings you shortly will know
"Now the Dreadnought she's howlin' 'crost the Banks o' Newfoundland, Where the water's all shallow and the bottom's all sand.
They proved to be the three Kentucky hunters, of the true "dreadnought" stamp.
Guppy, divesting himself of his wet dreadnought in the hall.
'Good bye!' said stout John Peerybingle, pulling on his dreadnought coat.
It lay in the usual place-- the Carrier's dreadnought pocket--with the little pouch, her own work, from which she was used to fill it, but her hand shook so, that she entangled it (and yet her hand was small enough to have come out easily, I am sure), and bungled terribly.
Such was her speed that a bore was raised by her nose like that which a Dreadnought or an Atlantic liner raises on the sea.
To complete the group, it is necessary to recognise in this disconcerted dodger, an individual very pale from sea- sickness, who had shaved his beard and brushed his hair, last, at Liverpool: and whose only article of dress (linen not included) were a pair of dreadnought trousers; a blue jacket, formerly admired upon the Thames at Richmond; no stockings; and one slipper.
I pressed my thumb upon the button which controls the ray of repulsion, that splendid discovery of the Martians which permits them to navigate the thin atmosphere of their planet in huge ships that dwarf the dreadnoughts of our earthly navies into pitiful significance.
The only loud noises they can abide are the martial sounds of war, the clash of arms, the collision of two mighty dreadnoughts of the air.
I warned him, however, not to be too ambitious, and to forget about dreadnoughts and armored cruisers for a while and build instead a few small sailing-boats that could be manned by four or five men.