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berth

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noun \ˈbərth\

Definition of berth

  1. 1a nautical :  sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship Keep a clear berth of the shoals.b :  an amount of distance maintained for safety give the fire a wide berth giving him a wide berth until he is in a better mood

  2. 2a :  the place where a ship lies when at anchor or at a wharf was docked at her usual berthb :  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 a comfortable cabin with a deep berth an upper berth

  4. 4a :  a billet (see 1billet 2a) on a ship waiting for a berth as a ship's surgeon — Bernard Keelanb :  job, position, place a starting berth on the team

Examples of berth in a Sentence

  1. a comfortable cabin with a deep berth

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

Origin and Etymology of berth

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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berth

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Definition of berth

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring (something, such as a ship or automotive vehicle) into a berth The ship was berthed at this pier.

  3. 2 :  to allot quarters or accommodations to :  to allot a berth to a place to berth the crew

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to come into a berth where the ship typically berths

Examples of berth in a Sentence

  1. The ship was berthed at this pier.

  2. The ship berthed at this pier.

Origin and Etymology of berth

see 1berth


First Known Use: 1667

Other Nautical Terms



BERTH Defined for English Language Learners

berth

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noun

Definition of berth for English Language Learners

  • : 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

berth

verb

Definition of berth for English Language Learners

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


BERTH Defined for Kids

berth

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noun \ˈbərth\

Definition of berth for Students

  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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