AskDefine | Define roadstead

Dictionary Definition

roadstead n : a partly sheltered anchorage [syn: roads]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A partly-sheltered anchorage outside a harbour.

Extensive Definition

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 jetties or dikes. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms and are frequently used for naval bases.


roadstead in Breton: Morlenn
roadstead in German: Reede
roadstead in French: Rade
roadstead in Polish: Reda (akwen)
roadstead in Swedish: Redd
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