Berth (?), n. [From the root of bear to produce, like birth nativity. See Birth.] [Also written birth.]

1. Naut. (a)

Convenient sea room.

(b)

A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside.

(c)

The place where a ship lies when she is at anchor, or at a wharf.

2.

An allotted place; an appointment; situation or employment.

"He has a good berth."

Totten.

3.

A place in a ship to sleep in; a long box or shelf on the side of a cabin or stateroom, or of a railway car, for sleeping in.

Berth deck, the deck next below the lower gun deck. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- To give (the land or any object) a wide berth, to keep at a distance from it.

 

© Webster 1913.


Berth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Berthed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Berthing.]

1.

To give an anchorage to, or a place to lie at; to place in a berth; as, she was berthed stem to stern with the Adelaide.

2.

To allot or furnish berths to, on shipboard; as, to berth a ship's company.

Totten.

 

© Webster 1913.

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