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berth

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noun \ˈbərth\

Simple Definition of berth

  • : a place to sleep on a ship, train, etc.

  • : a place in the water near the shore where a ship stops and stays

  • : a place or position on a team

Full Definition of berth

  1. 1 a :  sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship b :  an amount of distance maintained for safety <give the fire a wide berth>

  2. 2 a :  the place where a ship lies when at anchor or at a wharf b :  a space for an automotive vehicle at rest <a truck-loading berth>

  3. 3 :  a place to sit or sleep especially on a ship or vehicle :  accommodation

  4. 4 a :  a billet on a ship b :  job, position, place <a starting berth on the team>

Examples of berth

  1. a comfortable cabin with a deep berth

  2. He has a starting berth on the all-star team.



Origin of berth

Middle English birth, probably from beren to bear + -th


First Known Use: 15th century

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berth

verb

Simple Definition of berth

  • : to bring (a ship) into a place where it can stop and stay : to bring (a ship) into a berth

Full Definition of berth

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into a berth

  3. 2 :  to allot a berth to

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to come into a berth

Examples of berth

  1. The ship was berthed at this pier.

  2. The ship berthed at this pier.



1667

First Known Use of berth

1667

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BERTH Defined for Kids

berth

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noun \ˈbərth\

Definition of berth

  1. 1 :  a place in the water where a ship stops and stays when anchored or at a wharf

  2. 2 :  a bed on a ship or train

  3. 3 :  an amount of distance kept for the sake of safety <We gave the haunted house a wide berth.>





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