starboard

noun
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

starboard

adjective

Definition of starboard (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, or situated to starboard

starboard

verb
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 This spacewalk, similar to one that took place last Friday, will focus on replacing batteries for one of the power channels on the far starboard truss of the station. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA astronauts conduct second spacewalk for space station power upgrades," 1 July 2020 These two spacewalks will focus on replacing batteries for one of the power channels on the far starboard truss of the station. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA astronauts conduct a spacewalk for space station power upgrades," 26 June 2020 That November, Buckle sailed the Pressure Drop to Curaçao, off the coast of Venezuela, to have the EM-124 and a new starboard crane installed. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 The carrier is shown to have three aircraft elevators, two on the starboard (right) side and one on the port (left) side, and four catapults (possibly electromagnetic) to rapidly launch aircraft. Popular Science, "Is this a model of China’s next aircraft carrier?," 17 June 2014 These regular sailors knew to sit starboard to avoid the sun on the afternoon Anegada run and to move to the exit before docking to beat the disembarking crowds at Tortola. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?," 10 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the captain of the ship nimbly repositioned us, giving both the port and starboard sides prime viewing, at a safe and respectful distance from the animals. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Time to Cruise to Alaska Will Surprise You," 30 Jan. 2020 After decades of abuse, the vessel lists to port, but its sewer pipes drain to starboard, jamming and overflowing toilets. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 After decades of abuse, the vessel lists to port, but its sewer pipes drain to starboard, jamming and overflowing toilets. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Six more are protruding from the starboard side and three containers are hanging from the port side of the ship. Fox News, "Cargo ship loses 'about 40 containers' in rough seas off Australia, surgical masks begin washing ashore," 26 May 2020 So the Triton crew lowered the empty submersible into the water, and the ship’s crew, using a different crane, launched a Zodiac boat over the starboard side. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Even struck in Round 5 Saturday as Utah’s Bradley Anae should get after the quarterback from the starboard side. Dallas News, "2020 NFL draft grades: Our experts grade the Cowboys’ Day 3 picks, give their overall draft impressions," 26 Apr. 2020 Then social-distancing directives forced much of the serious stuff over to the starboard side. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus made working from home the new normal. So the FCC is giving us a new Wi-Fi lane," 22 Apr. 2020 The team collected cores off the yacht’s bow, starboard side and port side. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, "Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks," 21 Feb. 2020 And at some point, dynamite blasting farther out in the channel destroyed the port side of the second wreck—but the starboard side of her hull still looms about 5m high, to the level of the deck beams. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "400-year-old warships in Swedish channel may be sisters of doomed Vasa," 20 Nov. 2019 The two ships can be seen tethered together by mooring lines while a crane is deployed on the starboard side of the tanker. Fox News, "Iranian-flagged oil tanker previously seized for violating EU sanctions pictured off the coast of Syria again," 3 Oct. 2019 The most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officer’s quarters, where the captain’s quarters were. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Sea," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Aground at Fort Morgan, sailor still upbeat about life," 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, "The Complete Guide To Spider-Rigging For Crappies," 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, "Congress didn’t act after 1999 duck-boat tragedy. Now it must, experts say.," 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Steamship Authority cancels ferry trips on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes," 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, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Then, at 6:12, the bow abruptly swung hard to starboard, pointing the boat almost due east. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 The craft’s starboard bow had collapsed, spilling people overboard and slowly filling the vessel with water. Hereward Holland, National Geographic, "An Up-Close Look at Refugee Rescues on the Mediterranean," 12 Sep. 2016 Video released by the U.S. Central Command shows the Iranian vessel approaching the Thunderbolt’s starboard side, extremely close to the ship’s bow. Andrew Degrandpre, Washington Post, "An Iranian ship refused to heed the Navy’s warning. Then shots were fired.," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of starboard

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for starboard

Noun

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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The first known use of starboard was before the 12th century

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11 Jul 2020

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“Starboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starboard. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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starboard

noun
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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

starboard

noun
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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