from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A battleship armed with six or more guns having calibers of 12 inches or more.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a battleship, especially of the World War I era, in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber.
- n. a type of warship heavier in armour or armament than a typical battleship
- n. One that is the largest or the most powerful of its kind.
- n. A garment made of thick woollen cloth that can defend against storm and cold.
- n. The cloth itself; fearnaught.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
Named after HMS Dreadnought, the first battleship finished of this type, from dread + nought (Wiktionary)