• "'I am afraid I have no berth here for you, my lad.'"
    "'I am afraid I have no berth here for you, my lad.'"
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Berthing (Naut) The planking outside of a vessel, above the sheer strake.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n berthing The arrangement of berths in a ship; the berths collectively.
    • n berthing The exterior planking of a ship's side above the sheer-strake, designated as the berthing of the quarter-deck, of the poop, or of the forecastle, as the case may be; the bulwark.
    • n berthing The rising or working up of the planks of a ship's side.
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Wide berth - If you give someone a wide berth, you keep yourself well away from them because they are dangerous.


In literature:

They went to our berth, but did nothing; nor was anything there.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
They were almost in a state of nudity, having been compelled to rush from their berths without waiting to attire themselves.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
Help me to get to my berth.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Just as I spoke, an officer with a cloak on came from below, having apparently turned out of his berth.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Both ladies lay in their berths, their pale cheeks resting on the woodwork thereof, and their eyes resting pitifully on each other.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
He pestered me coming here every day for a fortnight till a captain I'm acquainted with was good enough to give him a berth.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
I handed in my ticket and asked for a berth.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
I sprang out of my berth and dressed, and within a minute my faithful Jack was by my side.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
As he lay in his berth that night, his feeling of fright passed away and he was overcome with a feeling of humiliation.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
In the morning he made his way to the wharves, and during the long day he went from vessel to vessel in search of a berth as cabin-boy.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
She was sound asleep in her basket and I put it at the lower end of the berth, carelessly leaving the cover off.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I rushed for the cabin, where I had seen two beds very neatly made up in the berths.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
Give the lady my state-room, and I will take a berth.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
There were two good hair mattresses in the berths, with plenty of bed-clothes.
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
I had an evening paper in my pocket, and, to while away the time, I lay in my narrow berth and began to read.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
And now, matey, did that doctor say how long I was to lie here in this old berth?
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He pretended not to hear what she said, giving some order to the attendant, Berthe, who was standing respectfully by.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Berths at night were still more unobtainable.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
When the doors were opened he entered the station proper and sought the car containing his berth.
"Mark Mason's Victory" by Horatio Alger
And now, matey, did that doctor say how long I was to lie here in this old berth?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

Under the night, on the wet sea sands,
Slowly unclasped their plighted hands
One to the cottage hearth,
And one to his sailor's berth.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So we shuddered there in silence,
For the stoutest berth was shook,
While the wooden gates were opened
And the mate talked with the cook.
"Ballad of the Canal" by Phoebe Cary
On board they laid her in her berth,
For she was dune wi' a' on yirth;
They thocht the waves wad ring her knell,
An' hide the pale, sweet face o' Bell.
"Cousin Bell: An Incident In Real Life" by Janet Hamilton
So straight you lay in your narrow berth,
Rocked by the waves; and you seemed to be
Essence of all that is sweet on earth,
Of all that is sad and strange at sea.
"Sea Song" by Laurence Hope
"And if any one here her berth doe disdaine,
Her father is ready, with might and with maine,
To proove shee is come of noble degree,
Therfore never flout att prettye Bessee."
"The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall-Green" by Anonymous British
A Wintertide we had been wed
When Jan went off to sea;
And now the laurel rose is red
And I wait on the quay.
His berthing boat I watch with dread,
For where, oh where is he?
"Breton Wife" by Robert W Service

In news:

Baxter 's Simi Valley team placed second to victorious Great Oak and looked like a strong contender for a second straight NXN qualifying berth.
Packers clinch playoff berth with win over Bears .
To clinch a playoff berth.
Sequim's Wolves battled to a berth in the state 2A playoffs for the second year in a row, only to be knocked out - again - by the Bellingham Red Raiders by a 1-0 count.
Hopes UW game a step toward NCAA berth .
Mercedes Defense Stops Roma In OT To Take Final 4A Postseason Berth .
Nuggets beat Suns 118-107, clinch playoff berth .
CCU Earns NCAA Tournament Berth .
Westport clinches state tournament berth .
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Playoff berths are so routine for the Philadelphia Eagles they don't celebrate anymore.
SVSU falls, but clinches playoff berth with Northwood loss.
Kirksville track and field athletes clinch berth to state.
Coach Mike Tomlin's Steelers have been far from perfect this season, but they are still in position to secure a playoff berth .
Send "Braves clinch state berth " to a friend.
Atlanta Falcons poised to clinch playoff berth .

In science:

The module is assembled in a special assembling berth that allows one to sub ject the assembled modules to cyclic longitudinal loadings up to 800 kg.
An Improved Shashlyk Calorimeter