noun Date: 1556 a place less enclosed than a harbor where ships may ride at anchor

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  • Roadstead — Road stead, n. [Road, 4 + stead a place.] An anchorage off shore. Same as {Road}, 4. [1913 Webster] Moored in the neighboring roadstead. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roadstead — [rōd′sted΄] n. [ ROAD + STEAD] a protected place near shore, not as enclosed as a harbor, where ships can anchor …   English World dictionary

  • Roadstead — A roadstead is a place outside a harbor where a ship can lie at anchor. It is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea, narrower than a bay or gulf. It has a surface that cannot be confused with an estuary. It can be created artificially by… …   Wikipedia

  • roadstead — road as defined above …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • roadstead — /rohd sted /, n. Naut. road (def. 4). [1325 75; ME radestede. See ROAD, STEAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • roadstead — noun A partly sheltered anchorage outside a harbour …   Wiktionary

  • roadstead — n. anchorage, protected area for ships to anchor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • roadstead — noun another term for road (in sense 3). Origin C16: from road + stead in the sense a place …   English new terms dictionary

  • roadstead — n. Anchorage, road …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • roadstead — road·stead …   English syllables

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