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berth

noun \ ˈbərth \

Definition of berth

1 a 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 a :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
4 a :a billet (see 1billet 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of berth

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

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berth

verb

Definition of berth

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

Examples of berth in a Sentence

  1. The ship was berthed at this pier.

  2. The ship berthed at this pier.

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Origin and Etymology of berth

see 1berth

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BERTH Defined for English Language Learners

berth

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

noun \ ˈbərth \

Definition of berth for Students

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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