berth

noun
\ ˈbərth How to pronounce berth (audio) \

Definition of berth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : the place where a ship lies when at anchor or at a wharf was docked at her usual berth
b : a space for an automotive vehicle at rest a truck-loading berth
3 : a place to sit or sleep especially on a ship or vehicle : accommodation a comfortable cabin with a deep berth an upper berth
4a : a billet (see billet entry 1 sense 2a) on a ship waiting for a berth as a ship's surgeon— Bernard Keelan
b : job, position, place a starting berth on the team

berth

verb
berthed; berthing; berths

Definition of berth (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring (something, such as a ship or automotive vehicle) into a berth The ship was berthed at this pier.
2 : to allot quarters or accommodations to : to allot a berth to a place to berth the crew

intransitive verb

: to come into a berth where the ship typically berths

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Examples of berth in a Sentence

Noun

a comfortable cabin with a deep berth He has a starting berth on the all-star team.

Verb

The ship was berthed at this pier. The ship berthed at this pier.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His Los Angeles Lakers currently are 10th in the West, three games behind the Clippers for the final playoff berth. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending," 20 Feb. 2019 All four won sectional titles All four brothers brought home sectional titles last week, as East crushed the field in Menomonee Falls for the berth at team state. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Triplets and a younger brother by 15 months compose entire Brookfield East singles lineup as tennis team preps for state," 5 June 2018 The likely choices Tuesday would seem to be DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Woods, who were Nos. 9, 10 and 11 in points when qualifying ended for eight automatic berths after the PGA Championship. Jimmy Golen, The Seattle Times, "‘Mad Scientist’ DeChambeau claims 2nd straight FedEx Cup win," 4 Sep. 2018 For the third consecutive season, Edison had to face Marina in a play-in game for the Sunset League’s third and final automatic CIF Southern Section playoff berth. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 Without automatic state berths awarded the No. 3 and No. 4 flights, Jonathan and Christopher were relegated to the role of fans for the individual meet, but Jonathan’s record heading into team state is 22-6, and Christopher's is 25-4. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Triplets and a younger brother by 15 months compose entire Brookfield East singles lineup as tennis team preps for state," 5 June 2018 The two teams play for what could decide the league title and automatic berth Friday at Banks. OregonLive.com, "Playoff chase for Oregon high school 6A, 5A and 4A baseball: Who's in, who's out with one week remaining," 7 May 2018 Bishop Eustace earned an automatic berth as top team in the Olympic National. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Baseball: 45th Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic pairings released," 6 May 2018 After that, though, the Tigers compiled a 12-6 mark in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play and won three straight games to take the SWAC Tournament title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "From 0-13 to NCAA Tournament, Texas Southern advances to play Xavier basketball in Nashville," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The group now known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula launched its first major attack on Americans in October 2000, when its operatives bombed the USS Cole while the destroyer was berthed in Yemen’s Aden harbor. Mike Pompeo, WSJ, "The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital," 27 Nov. 2018 The first Dragon berthed with the station in May of last year. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Orbital Sciences' Cygnus Berths with Space Station," 30 Sep. 2013 The intruders boarded the World War II-era vessel, which is berthed in a New Jersey river, and opened underwater hatches, flooding the sub. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "World War II-era submarine flooded by vandals in New Jersey," 16 Aug. 2018 In early November 2019, the ship will make its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Miami where it will be berthed for Caribbean cruising. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Scaling the Swiss Alps on trains and trams, ranking road-trip friendly states and more," 27 June 2018 While many complain about how much baseball has changed lately, success stories are berthed out of those who adapt. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Eduardo Escobar Is the Latest Success Story of the Launch Angle Revolution," 13 June 2018 Pennington, 52, was convicted April 26 on three misdemeanor counts of berthing his boat in the cove without a permit, off and on, between Sept. 26 and Feb. 9. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rogue yachtsman in trouble again for alleged threats at Aquatic Park," 9 May 2018 Dry-berthing the ship will take about $40 million, but towing it away will cost about $30 million. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Games and guns help group raise funds for Battleship Texas post-Harvey," 9 Jan. 2018 The construction of a new cruise terminal with the capacity to berth an additional 5,000-passenger cruise ship represents thousands of jobs and increased opportunities for our community. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Miami gives go-ahead for new Norwegian Cruise Line terminal," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of berth

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for berth

Noun and Verb

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

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berth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of berth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place to sleep on a ship, train, etc.
: a place in the water near the shore where a ship stops and stays
chiefly US : a place or position on a team

berth

verb

English Language Learners Definition of berth (Entry 2 of 2)

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

berth

noun
\ ˈbərth How to pronounce berth (audio) \

Kids Definition of berth

1 : a place in the water where a ship stops and stays when anchored or at a wharf
2 : a bed on a ship or train
3 : an amount of distance kept for the sake of safety We gave the haunted house a wide berth.

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