- the space allotted to a vessel at anchor or at a wharf.
- the distance maintained between a vessel and the shore, another vessel, or any object.
- the position or rank of a ship's officer.
- the cabin of a ship's officer.
verb (used with object)
- to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.
- to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage: The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.
verb (used without object)
Origin of berth
Examples from the Web for berth
Only then would a racer likely get a chance at a World Cup berth, from the very back of the start list.Skiing Prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin Looks Ahead to Sochi|Jake Bright|December 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They arranged for a berth for Liebling on LCI(L)-88, one of the first large landing crafts scheduled to hit Omaha.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day|Timothy M. Gay|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Carry along a waterproof sheet to give the porter when he makes up the berth.If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime|United States Department of Labor, Children's Bureau
He can usually satisfy his hobby, too, for most travellers steer clear of the berth.Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
The next instant he was thrown against the frame of the berth.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
By listening outside the curtains of his berth they discovered, without a doubt, that it proceeded from there.Dick, Marjorie and Fidge|G. E. Farrow
Going over to the berth he found her lying there, with face turned to the wall.Murder Point|Coningsby Dawson
Word Origin for berth
1620s, "convenient sea room" (both for ships and sailors), of uncertain origin, probably from bear (v.) + abstract noun suffix -th (2) 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 by 1778.
1660s, of ships, from berth (n.). Of persons (intransitive), from 1886. Related: Berthed; berthing.
see give a wide berth to.