One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sheltered stretch of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor.
- ‘The ships then sailed to Blind Bay and anchored in the Astrolabe roadstead.’
- ‘The island prospered as thousands of homeward-bound vessels anchored in the roadstead in a year, staying for considerable periods, refitting and revictualling.’
- ‘He added that 25 logs had come loose from the tug which had to wait in the roadstead on Friday due to the high winds before it could come into the harbour on Saturday and offload.’
- ‘In the meantime, some visiting boats anchor out in the roadstead and their crews dinghy in to the adjacent, landlocked municipal marina.’
- ‘The Oranjeland will dock in East London today for crewmen from the stricken tanker to disembark, and will return to the roadstead to await a berth.’
Mid 16th century: from road + obsolete stead ‘a place’.
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