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.
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- n. battleship that has big guns all of the same caliber
And in his who's who entry, he lists as one of his interests, the British admiral, the Naval admiral, Jackie Fisher, and he was an admiral in the 1900s and he was the first one to commission this giant warship called the dreadnought, a massive, great big battleship.
The "dreadnought" body style was one of these triumphs; it included a larger, deeper body that provided more volume and bass resonance.
They proved to be the three Kentucky hunters, of the true "dreadnought" stamp.
Kentucky hunters, of the true "dreadnought" stamp.
Since the 1950s, Mr. Adiga writes, Vishram has stood as a "dreadnought of middle-class respectability" amid the slums and swamplands of northern Mumbai.
Hiatt's eponymous Gibson dreadnought buzzed and untuned itself throughout the two-hour performance, which added a rock-and-roll edge to the unplugged affair.
"The Spy" by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is a wonderfully written and historically fascinating espionage novel set in pre-World War I America, in which our hero, Isaac Bell a characteristically brilliant and strong Yale man, stops a slew of Japanese, German and English spies who are trying to break America's secret program to build the most powerful dreadnought battleships and control the world's waters.
It appears that the director made use of actual WW2 era (American?) destroyers and added some smoke stacks and flying bridges to them – to simulate Japanese pre-dreadnought ships.
I love the pre-dreadnought era of naval history, with its giant flaring brass ventilator shafts, underpowered guns, white paint and coal funnels.
Personally, I figure if you're going to build a dreadnought and want to keep it from falling into enemy hands, don't build in a self-destruct, build in an autopilot programmed to collide with the nearest enemy ship.