Starboard Definition

stärbərd
noun
The right-hand side of a ship, boat, or airplane as one faces forward.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
adjective
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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adverb
To or toward the right-hand side as one faces forward.
American Heritage
verb
To move or turn (the helm) to the right.
Webster's New World
Starboard is turning to the right.
An example of starboard is turning a boat toward a dock on the right.
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Other Word Forms of Starboard

Noun

Singular:
starboard
Plural:
starboards

Origin of Starboard

  • 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

  • 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

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