- 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)
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Idioms for berth
OTHER WORDS FROM berthun·berth, verb (used with object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH berthberth , birth.
Example sentences from the Web for berth
Entering New York a few days after war had been declared, we berthed alongside a crack German liner.Merchantmen-at-Arms|David W. Bone
A large vessel containing bales of jute is berthed on the quay-side adjoining the jute sheds in Fig. 6.The Jute Industry: From Seed to Finished Cloth|T. Woodhouse and P. Kilgour
If it were berthed across the street I'd be dead before I got halfway to it.Bride of the Dark One|Florence Verbell Brown
For a few strenuous minutes we toiled at the sweeps till the Dulcibella was berthed ahead of the steamer, in deeper water.The Riddle of the Sands|Erskine Childers
Ten minutes later she was alongside and berthed, and the disembarkation began.The Relief of Mafeking|Filson Young
British Dictionary definitions for berth
Word Origin for berth
Idioms and Phrases with berth
see give a wide berth to.