roadstead

noun
road·​stead | \ ˈrōd-ˌsted How to pronounce roadstead (audio) \

Definition of roadstead

: a place less enclosed than a harbor where ships may ride at anchor

Examples of roadstead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Container ships and oil tankers, waiting for a berth, are assigned a place to anchor in the roadstead off Long Beach and Huntington Harbor. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The Anzio roadstead was thick with Allied ships, but the Germans owned the skies. Bartle Bull, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of roadstead

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Roadstead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roadstead. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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