- The definition of a berth is a built-in space to sleep on a boat or train, the space required for a ship to maneuver safely and a place where a ship is intended to dock.
- An example of a berth is a space much like a shelf on which you sleep in a boat or a train.
- An example of a berth is staying at least one mile away from all other ships.
- An example of a berth is an assigned tie-up space at a marina.
- To berth is to put a ship in its specific place or to find a space for someone to rest.
- An example of someone who may berth is a captain of a ship.
- An example of someone who may berth is a staff member on a boat.
Berths on a submarine.
- enough space at sea to keep clear of another ship, the shore, etc.
- space for anchoring or tying up
- a ship's place of anchorage
- a position, place, office, job, etc.: a berth as chief engineer on the ship
- a built-in bed or bunk, as in a ship's cabin or a Pullman car
- any sleeping place
Origin of berth; from base of bear + -th
- to put into a berth
- to furnish with a berth
give (a) wide berth to
- Sufficient space for a vessel to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs.
- A space for a vessel to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier.
- a. Employment on a vessel: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine.b. A job: a comfortable berth as head of the department.
- a. A built-in bed or bunk, as on a ship or a train.b. A place to sleep or stay; accommodations: found a berth in a nearby hotel.
- A space where a vehicle can be parked, as for loading.
verbberthed, berth·ing, berths
- To bring (a vessel) to a berth.
- To provide with a berth.
Origin of berthMiddle English birth; perhaps akin to beren, to bear; see Bear 1.
- A fixed bunk for sleeping in (caravans, trains, etc).
- Room for maneuvering or safety. (Often used in the phrase a wide berth.)
- A space for a ship to moor or a vehicle to park.
- (nautical) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside.
- A job or position, especially on a ship.
- (sports) Position or seed in a tournament bracket.
- (sports) position on the field of play
(third-person singular simple present berths, present participle berthing, simple past and past participle berthed)
- to bring (a ship or vehicle) into its berth
- to assign a berth (bunk or position) to
Origin obscure, but apparently from Middle English *berth (“bearing, carriage”), equivalent to bear + -th.