roadstead definition by Webster's New World
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a protected place near shore, not as enclosed as a harbor, where ships can anchor
Origin: road plush stead
roadstead definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A sheltered offshore anchorage area for ships.
Origin: Variant of rodestead : rode2 + sted, place (variant of stead).