- 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.
berth definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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: ; from base of bear plush -th
- to put into a berth
- to furnish with a berth
to come into or occupy a berth
berth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Sufficient space for a ship to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs.
- A space for a ship to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier.
- a. Employment on a ship: 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.
- To bring (a ship) to a berth.
- To provide with a berth.
To come to a berth; dock.
Origin: Middle English birth; perhaps akin to beren, to bear; see Bear 1.
berth - Phrases/Idioms
see give a wide berth to.
give (a) wide berth to
to stay at a prudent distance from; keep well clear of
a wide berth
Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence: gave their angry colleague a wide berth.