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Jul 10, 2019
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

This week’s words
eudemonic
tradecraft
roadstead
sudarium
otherguess

roadstead
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Roadstead of Villefranche-sur-mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Photo: Heinrich Kerschbaumer / Wikimedia

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with Anu Garg

roadstead

PRONUNCIATION:
(ROHD-sted)

MEANING:
noun: A partly sheltered stretch of water near the shore where ships can anchor. Also called roads.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English rad (riding, journey on horseback) + Old English stede (place). Earliest documented use: 1351.

USAGE:
“It was learnt that the area where the ship was berthed is a roadstead for vessels, and that the explosion caused damage to vehicles parked opposite a bank at the Marina Jetty.”
Godwin Oritse; NPA to Sanction Vessel Owners Over Explosion; Vanguard (Apapa, Nigeria); Nov 28, 2011.

See more usage examples of roadstead in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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