star·​board | \ ˈstär-bərd How to pronounce starboard (audio) \

Definition of starboard

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the right side of a ship or aircraft looking forward — compare port



Definition of starboard (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or situated to starboard


starboarded; starboarding; starboards

Definition of starboard (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to turn or put (a helm or rudder) to the right

Examples of starboard in a Sentence

Noun The ship turned to starboard.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enough to understand the difference between port and starboard? Corey Seymour, Vogue, 16 July 2021 Situated on the main deck, the full-beam owner’s suite comes complete with two dressing rooms, a private office and balconies to both port and starboard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 The wind was out of the southwest, quartering on our starboard bow. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021 But a few seconds later, the sailboat emerged, still sailing, from under the starboard bow—one casualty, at least, averted. Annie Murphy Paul, Wired, 15 June 2021 Some parts of the canals along the route are only a few feet wider than Project 817, which spans 44.7 feet from port to starboard, so to say the transfer required great care and attention is something of an understatement. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 But the following morning the Ever Given could be viewed on shipping monitors having barely moved and still skewed starboard across the channel. Joseph Hincks, Time, 25 Mar. 2021 In the near hour-long stream, huge black plumes of smoke can be seen billowing from the middle of the ship's starboard, or right, side. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2021 The crew was unharmed, but the vessel sustained two holes on its port side and two on its starboard side just above the waterline, according to American defense officials. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Grey Lady experienced some starboard damage above the water line, Wyirck said., 17 July 2021 Young then reached his right hand into the water and guided the boys arms onto the starboard gunnel. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 The rotors were on the starboard side: four columns painted in white, each 52 feet tall and seven feet in diameter — wide enough for a seafarer to crawl in and make repairs. New York Times, 24 June 2021 The ferry, which was supposed to depart Ketchikan at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, was delayed because of a mechanical issue with the starboard main engine, Dapcevich wrote in a message. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2021 The vessel remains overturned on its starboard side and is partially submerged and grounded in about 55 feet of water, Watson said Wednesday. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2021 The tender garage, with space for a Williams 445 tender, Jet Ski and two Seabobs, comes with independent access on the starboard side. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2021 Gabrielle pointed out our starboard window to a tiny island, windswept by Irma. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 Roy looked starboard, saw the pall of smoke billowing from the F-61's twin-boom tail. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The boat began listing heavily to starboard, broke free of her moorings and then settled on the creek bottom. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2021 There, off to starboard and headed straight at you on collision course, hurtles a jet fighter. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020 Tennant told investigators the ship started leaning in a turn and started to over-rotate to starboard. Natasha Chen, CNN, 22 Sep. 2020 While Nickerson’s boat is listing to starboard, the design has kept it from falling onto its side the way a boat with a single keel would have. al, 3 June 2020 Green has two Millenium Marine bracket rod holders fitted to his boat deck—one slightly to port and one slightly to starboard just aft of his bow sonar. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 7 May 2020 Sponsons made of rigid foam plastic, and affixed to port and starboard sides of the craft, kept it afloat. Eric Adler, The Seattle Times, 30 July 2018 An alarm was triggered on the M/V Woods Hole’s starboard propeller Monday, and workers replaced a part of the mechanism later that day, according to the agency. Jeremy C. Fox,, 10 July 2018 Part of the Titanic’s starboard side hull, the largest artifact recovered from the ship to date, is on display. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of starboard


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for starboard


Middle English sterbord, from Old English stēorbord, from stēor- steering oar + bord ship's side — more at steer, board entry 1

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starboard bow

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“Starboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of starboard

: the side of a ship or aircraft that is on the right when you are looking toward the front


star·​board | \ ˈstär-bərd How to pronounce starboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of starboard

: the right side of a ship or airplane looking forward

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