- 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 berthing
The freighter had anchored off the Manila port area during the night, berthing in the early hours.The Golden Skull|John Blaine
The ship had berthing room for eight or ten people irrespective of the officers who slept aft.
The berthing made to fit into a vessel's gangway on either side.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
To him each midshipman reported, saluting, stated his name, and received his berthing.Dave Darrin's Second Year at Annapolis|H. Irving Hancock
The rest of his companions had to hasten to assist in the berthing of the airship.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
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.