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Examples of dreadnought in a Sentence
poor gas mileage did little to stem the popularity of that dreadnought of the roadways: the SUV
Recent Examples of dreadnought from the Web
Dreadnought: Nemesis—Book 1, April Daniels A transgender superhero, a cyborg villain, a city in need of saving—and a whole new series for teens to devour.
At a secret conclave aboard a British dreadnought off the coast of Norway in late July, a far-sighted politician by the name of Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, worked with French, Russian and Turkish diplomats to forge a treaty.
The cavernous bilge, the towering foredeck, the phalanxes of Tomahawk missiles — the 900-foot dreadnought is itself a mesmeric site, and director Andrew Davis conveys the hard-iron majesty, as well as mystery, of the battleship to the hilt.
Lexus claims a zero-to-60-mph time of only 4.6 seconds for the rear-drive LS500, and that’s in a dreadnought that weighs nearly 5000 pounds.
The actual dreadnought was an early 20th century warship with big guns and steam power meant to be the apex predator of naval warfare, a deadly match for any other warship and a deliverer of terror through coastal bombardment.
The climax came in the form of baseless scare stories around 1908 to the effect that the Germans were building the new dreadnought-type battleships at a faster rate than Britain.
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Did You Know?
Fear nothing - that is essentially what "dread" plus "nought" means. The name might seem a strange one for a garment, but if you consider that dreadnoughts were worn onboard ships, you can appreciate the colorful name perhaps as much as the seafaring men must have appreciated the thick protection dreadnoughts offered from the elements. The clothes and the cloth, first called "fearnought" in the late 18th century, came long before the battleship. Not until 1906 did the British Navy launch HMS Dreadnought, the first battleship to have a main armament consisting entirely of big guns all of the same caliber. All ships of this type were then called "dreadnoughts." That particular type of battleship soon became obsolete, but their legacy lives on in the extended third sense of "dreadnought."
First Known Use of dreadnought
Synonymsbehemoth, blockbuster, colossus, dinosaur, giant, elephant, Goliath, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, mastodon, monster, titan, whale, whopper
Antonymsdiminutive, dwarf, half-pint, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy (also pigmy), runt, shrimp
Related Wordsamazon, giantess; bulk, hulk; heavyweight; juggernaut, steamroller
Near Antonymslightweight, weakling, wimp, wisp; nonentity, twerp, whippersnapper
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