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A sheltered offshore anchorage area for ships.

[Earlier road, place where ships can ride at anchor, roadstead (from Middle English rode, a riding; see road) + earlier stead, a place (from Middle English stede; see stead).]


(Nautical Terms) nautical another word for road5



a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
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Noun1.roadstead - a partly sheltered anchorageroadstead - a partly sheltered anchorage  
anchorage ground, anchorage - place for vessels to anchor


[ˈrəʊdsted] N (Naut) → rada f
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A jetty pier, some two thousand yards along, extended into the roadstead.
For there was a good roadstead there, in which foreign ships also liked to anchor: those ships took many people with them, who wished to cross over from the Happy Isles.
It was good for one to be sure of that when, in an open roadstead, one heard in the cabin the wind pipe up; but still, there were moments when I detested Mr.
We anchored in the open roadstead of Horta, half a mile from the shore.
The passage from Belle-Isle to Sarzeau was made rapidly enough, thanks to one of those little corsairs of which D'Artagnan had been told during his voyage, and which, shaped for fast sailing and destined for the chase, were sheltered at that time in the roadstead of Loc-Maria, where one of them, with a quarter of its war-crew, performed duty between Belle-Isle and the continent.
The whole great roadstead to the right was just a mere flicker of blue, and the dim cool hall swallowed me up out of the heat and glare of which I had not been aware till the very moment I passed in from it.
Therefore she went into that natural harbor to wait for a few days in preference to remaining in an open roadstead.
In such way had vanished all the worlds and harbours and roadsteads and atoll lagoons where the Ariel had had lifted her laid anchor and gone on across and over the erasing sea-rim.
In the roadsteads maneuvered silently the vessels which had just taken their rank to facilitate the embarkation.
In May 2014 Transit-DV tested a roadstead transshipment complex (RTC) at the Slavianka terminal roadstead.
The Astrolabe Roadstead commemorates the Frenchman's faithful corvette, the Astrolabe, while Adele Island is named after his wife, and Watering Cove is the site where the ship's casks were replenished.
Here the Alaska Commercial Company established a trading post to supply the miners; goods were lightered in from ships anchored in the Knik Arm roadstead.