What does the word dread mean?

Usage examples for dread

  1. Keen was her dread of what might be. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  2. In a horrible dread I called out John's name- but nothing answered. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  3. Not that he had yet guessed how Vincent stood to Audrey; he had simply a nervous dread of hearing him talk about her. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair