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 There is also a generous foredeck lounge that can be accessed by both port and starboard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2022 Elsewhere, the bow is fitted with two large sun pads and a Jacuzzi, while the lower deck starboard side is equipped with a garage for a 15-foot tender. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 July 2022 On the Staten Island Ferry on Friday, crowds swarmed the starboard side, snapping selfies as the boat cruised by the Statue of Liberty, which stood against a deep blue sky. New York Times, 2 July 2022 The ship’s nose dipped even further, the starboard engine now sputtering, a loose cover plate revealing a dangerous red glow from beneath. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The luxe interior, which can be customized to the owner, comprises a large saloon, a semi-open galley to port and a home cinema starboard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 The Navy destroyer, commissioned in 1943, began listing to its starboard side Thursday. Fox News, 16 Apr. 2022 The latest plan calls for removing some of the containers, which weigh 8,000 pounds each empty, from both the starboard and port side to maintain the stability of the ship, Oldham said. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 6 Apr. 2022 Counter-intuitively, the bow of the boat is at your back, the stern is in front of you, the port is to your right and the starboard to your left. Ted Diadiun, cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After the chunk gashed the starboard side, passengers rushed to lifeboats and were rescued several hours later by another nearby cruise ship. Daniel Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2022 The ship has two aircraft elevators on the starboard side, fore and aft of the island superstructure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2022 The inferno destroyed the starboard side of the iconic red-white-and-blue funnel on board the ship that had been on a five-night sailing that had departed Port Canaveral on May 23. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 31 May 2022 The helicopter then rolled off the right or starboard side of the deck and plunged into the sea with six sailors on board — two pilots, two aircrew and two corpsmen. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 But there’s 12 on this side, on the starboard side, and 12 on the port side. ABC News, 22 May 2022 As the Eliza Anderson bobbed in the waves, a small canoe improbably appeared off the starboard side, 30 miles from land, and in the middle of the massive storm. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 The 65’s kitchen has excellent counter space, with cooker and microwave, and refrigerator/freezer on the starboard side. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 The breach occurred aft of midship on the starboard side — in the lower right section of the hull — the chief executive of the park, Paul Marzello, said at a news conference on Thursday. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The alfresco design included a full bar and barbecue to starboard, as well as a Jacuzzi and multiple sun pads forward. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2022 Forward, the salon has a lounge and three-piece table on the portside and an entertainment center with a 55-inch, pop-up television to starboard. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 Initial reports from the local salvage team state that the vessel had sunk at around 9 a.m. local time, having suffered a list to starboard. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 1 Mar. 2022 There is another sliding door and drop-down balcony to starboard. Richard Alban, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2021 Thirty feet to starboard, a humpback is pounding out a message on the surface of the ocean. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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

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: the right side of a ship or airplane looking forward

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