noun \ˈbərth\

: 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

a :  sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship
b :  an amount of distance maintained for safety <give the fire a wide berth>
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>
:  a place to sit or sleep especially on a ship or vehicle :  accommodation
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

Other Automotive Terms

articulated, block, choke, clutch, diesel, neutral, transmission

Rhymes with 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

transitive verb
:  to bring into a berth
:  to allot a berth to
intransitive verb
:  to come into a berth

Examples of BERTH

  1. The ship was berthed at this pier.
  2. The ship berthed at this pier.

First Known Use of BERTH


Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


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