Starboard meaning

stärbərd
The definition of starboard is something on located on the right-hand side of a boat or plane.

An example of starboard is the right-hand side row of seats on a plane.

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Starboard is turning to the right.

An example of starboard is turning a boat toward a dock on the right.

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Starboard is the right-hand side of a boat or plane when facing forward.

An example of starboard is a sundeck on the right-hand side of a cruise ship.

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The right-hand side of a ship or aircraft as one faces forward.
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To or toward the right-hand side as one faces forward.
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The right-hand side of a ship, boat, or airplane as one faces forward.
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Of or on this side.
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Designating a sailing tack on which the wind passes over the starboard side.
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To move or turn (the helm) to the right.
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The right hand side of a ship, boat or aircraft when facing the front, or fore or bow. Starboard does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.
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(nautical) One of the two traditional watches aboard a ship standing a watch in two.
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(nautical) To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel.

To starboard the helm.

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On the right-hand side as one faces forward.
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Origin of starboard

  • Middle English sterbord from Old English stēorbord stēor- a steering stā- in Indo-European roots bord side of a ship

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

  • Middle English sterbord, from Old English stÄ“or (“steer") +"Ž bord (“side (of a ship)"). Ships had to dock on their left (port) side because the steering oar on the right would get in the way, which is how the left became known as the port side.

    From Wiktionary