Berth meaning

bûrth
A space for a vessel to dock or anchor.

A steamship moored to its berth at the pier.

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A ship's place of anchorage.
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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.

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Space for anchoring or tying up.
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To put into a berth.
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To furnish with a berth.
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To come into or occupy a berth.
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A fixed bunk for sleeping in (caravans, trains, etc).
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Room for maneuvering or safety. (Often used in the phrase a wide berth.)
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A space for a ship to moor or a vehicle to park.
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(nautical) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside.
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A job or position, especially on a ship.
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(sports) Position or seed in a tournament bracket.
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(sports) Position on the field of play.
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To bring (a ship or vehicle) into its berth.
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To assign a berth (bunk or position) to.
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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.

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Sufficient space for a vessel to maneuver; sea room.

Kept a clear berth of the reefs.

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A space where a vehicle can be parked, as for loading.
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To bring (a vessel) to a berth.
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To provide with a berth.
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To come to a berth; dock.
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Enough space at sea to keep clear of another ship, the shore, etc.
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A position, place, office, job, etc.

A berth as chief engineer on the ship.

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a wide berth
  • Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence:
    Gave their angry colleague a wide berth.
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give (a) wide berth to
  • to stay at a prudent distance from; keep well clear of
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a wide berth
give (a) wide berth to

Origin of berth

  • Middle English birth perhaps akin to beren to bear bear1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin obscure, but apparently from Middle English *berth (“bearing, carriage”), equivalent to bear +‎ -th.

    From Wiktionary