a shelflike sleeping space, as on a ship, airplane, or railroad car.
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.
a job; position.
a place, listing, or role: She clinched a berth on our tennis team.
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.
to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.
Nautical. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.
Idioms about berth
give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from: Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.
- un·berth, verb (used with object)
- berth , birth
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How to use berth in a sentence
Fitzpatrick tested positive Thursday, according to a person familiar with that result, and will miss the Dolphins’ game Sunday at Buffalo as they try to clinch a playoff berth.Saints down four running backs, Browns close facility on eve of NFL regular season finale | Mark Maske | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Tennessee will clinch a playoff berth most easily with a Dolphins loss or a Ravens loss.NFL Week 17 playoff scenarios: Postseason picture still unfinished | Matt Bonesteel | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
From his masks to his words to his words about masks, he steered the statesmanlike path to another College Football Playoff berth while the disruptions made some peers go full banshee.Alabama advances to the national title game with an artful offensive performance | Chuck Culpepper, Des Bieler | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been criticized for the wide berth he has given his current commissioner, Dermot Shea, said he “agreed” with the findings and recommendations of the new report on the NYPD’s handling of the protests.Calls Increase for NYPD Commissioner to Be Stripped of Absolute Authority Over Officer Discipline | by Mollie Simon and Eric Umansky | December 22, 2020 | ProPublica
Arizona has won two of six games since the bye and desperately needs a win to stay relevant in the NFC West’s tight race, while Philadelphia needs to win out to have a chance to claim the NFC East division title, its only path to a postseason berth.The Saints and Chiefs are in hot pursuit of NFL’s critical top playoff seeds | Neil Greenberg | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Then they towed her up the channel—it was dead to leeward and an easy job—and berthed her near their own vessel.The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
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
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
And where are you berthed, and what cargo of this worlds goods have you got in your lockers?Cursed | George Allan England
At last an escort came: we were berthed and lay about waiting for the dawn.The Luck of Thirteen | Jan Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for berth
a bed or bunk in a vessel or train, usually narrow and fixed to a wall
nautical a place assigned to a ship at a mooring
nautical sufficient distance from the shore or from other ships or objects for a ship to manoeuvre
give a wide berth to to keep clear of; avoid
nautical accommodation on a ship
informal a job, esp as a member of a ship's crew
(tr) nautical to assign a berth to (a vessel)
nautical to dock (a vessel)
(tr) to provide with a sleeping place, as on a vessel or train
(intr) nautical to pick up a mooring in an anchorage
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Other Idioms and Phrases with berth
see give a wide berth to.
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