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The Definition of - berth (verb)

    a shelflike sleeping space, as on a ship, airplane, or railroad car.
    1. the space allotted to a vessel at anchor or at a wharf.
    2. the distance maintained between a vessel and the shore, another vessel, or any object.
    3. the position or rank of a ship's officer.
    4. the cabin of a ship's officer.
    a job; position.
    a place, listing, or role:
    She clinched a berth on our tennis team.
    verb (used with object)
    1. to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.
    2. to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage:
      The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.
    to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.
    verb (used without object)
    Nautical. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.
    give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from:
    Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.

Word Example of - berth

    Example Sentences for berth

    "You talk as if we were centipedes," said Bess, releasing Nan's foot and sitting up grumpily in the berth.

    I jumped from the banquette into a berth aboard some steamer out at sea.

    Leaving Dick to make the air ship secure in her berth, Matt had tumbled out of the car and hurried after Carl.

    One day, while Pigeon was in the berth, the horn was heard to sound.

    He looked under the berth, peered into the corners, and pulled back the blanket and sheet.

    The information was received in the berth with general satisfaction.

    Didn't I tell you that Mrs. Mountcastle was too weak to leave her berth?

    Now he stopped at the entrance to the ship where he had been reassigned a berth for the night shift.

    Once there, he shot like a race horse along the deck, and gaining his own berth, he locked himself in.

    He must give up the plantation and take a berth of some sort.

Word Origin & History of - berth

    Word Origin & History

    berth 1620s, "convenient sea room" (both for ships and sailors), of uncertain origin, probably from bear (v.) + noun suffix -th as in strength, health, etc. Original sense is preserved in phrase to give (something or someone) wide berth. Meaning "place on a ship to stow chests, room for sailors" is from 1706; extended to non-nautical situations 1778.

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