berth

Definitions

  • "'I am afraid I have no berth here for you, my lad.'"
    "'I am afraid I have no berth here for you, my lad.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v berth come into or dock at a wharf "the big ship wharfed in the evening"
    • v berth secure in or as if in a berth or dock "tie up the boat"
    • v berth provide with a berth
    • n berth a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n berth a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
    • n berth a place where a craft can be made fast
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Berth 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 (Naut) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside.
    • Berth An allotted place; an appointment; situation or employment. "He has a good berth ."
    • Berth (Naut) Convenient sea room.
    • Berth (Naut) The place where a ship lies when she is at anchor, or at a wharf.
    • Berth To allot or furnish berths to, on shipboard; as, to berth a ship's company.
    • Berth 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n berth An obsolete spelling of birth.
    • n berth Nautical: Sea-room; space kept or to be kept for safety or convenience between a vessel under sail and other vessels or the shore, rocks, etc.: especially in the phrases, also used figuratively, to give a good, clear, or wide berth to, keep a wide berth of (to keep clear of, keep well away from).
    • n berth Room for a vessel to turn around or to ride at anchor.
    • n berth A station in which a ship lies or can lie, whether at anchor or at a wharf.
    • n berth A room or an apartment in a ship where a number of officers or men mess and reside.
    • n berth The shelf-like space allotted to a passenger in a vessel (and hence in a railroad sleeping-car) as a sleeping-place; a sailor's bunk on board ship; a place for a hammock, or a repository for chests.
    • n berth A post or an appointment; situation; employment: as, he has got a good berth at last.
    • berth Nautical: To assign or allot anchoring-ground to; give space to lie in, as a ship in a dock.
    • berth To allot a berth or berths to: as, to berth a ship's company.
    • berth To board; cover with boards: chiefly in ship-building.
    • berth To find a berth for; provide with a “job” or “situation.”
    • berth To occupy as living-quarters on shipboard: used with in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Berth bėrth a ship's station at anchor; a room or sleeping-place in a ship, a sleeping-carriage, &c.: any allotted or assigned place: a situation or place of employment, usually a comfortable one—even without such a qualifying adjective as 'a snug berth.'—v.t. to moor a ship: to furnish with a berth
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Idioms

Wide berth - If you give someone a wide berth, you keep yourself well away from them because they are dangerous.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the root of bear, to produce, like birth, nativity. See Birth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of Birth; from Bear.

Usage

In literature:

Appearing at the railroad ticket office she applied for a berth in a sleeper.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
Soon the berth was ready and a little later the girls retired.
"Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach" by Annie Roe Carr
Mac was naturally very dignified, but divesting himself of coat, vest and dignity at the same time, he planted himself under the berth.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
The fisherman made port at Maquoit late in the afternoon, and was warped to her berth at the ice-house wharf.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He had been offered, and accepted, a berth in the gun-room.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Even then, if you'd said stay, I believe he'd have turned back into his old berth.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Blow me, Jack, we should ha' swapped berths.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The ship was fitted with 32 passenger berths in staterooms.
"The Pioneer Steamship Savannah: A Study for a Scale Model" by Howard I. Chapelle
She gave a full account, too, of the midnight session of the Hexagon Club in Cordelia's berth.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
However, she bought her ticket with berth coupons to El Paso, and then went to dinner.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
The rising or working up of the planks of a ship's sides; as berthing up a bulk-head, or bringing up in general.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When Lloyd and Betty stole back to their berths a few minutes later, they looked at each other with an amused smile.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He goes the rounds every day, and visits every berth, to see if they all are kept clean.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Berthe was wonderfully well educated for a Frenchwoman of that period, and surprisingly handsome for a Frenchwoman of any.
"A Stable for Nightmares" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Guess they'll give Tarpaulin Island a wide berth after this.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I kept her in her berth by sheer force, but I allowed her to talk.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
Accordingly U75 gave the Eddystone a wide berth, shaping a course to pass twenty miles to the south'ard of the far-famed lighthouse.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The waif was permitted to occupy berth No.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
She took Berthe from nurse.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Captain McKenzie sprang from his berth in the wildest excitement.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
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In poetry:

The gay saloon was ringing with its mirth,
—Sudden Collision comes with frightful crash,
And over all the riotous waters dash,
Rushing from deck to deck, from berth to berth!
"The Lost Arctic " by Martin Farquhar Tupper
On the last trip we took, all the cabins were booked
And an old gent was joining at Cadiz
So I wired from the ship, "Better cancel the trip
Have just given berth to two ladies."
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett
Suddenly Sister Berthe cried out:
"The snowdrops are blooming!" They turned about.
The little white cups bent over the ground,
And in among the light stems wound
A crested snake,
With his eyes awake.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
A good berth I wish you, in a ship that's well found,
With a decent crowd forrard, an' her gear all sound,
Spars a man can trust to when it's comin' on to blow,
An' no bosun bawlin' when it's your watch below.
"So Long (All Coiled Down)" by Cicely Fox Smith
Farewell! farewell! the hour has come!
The ship that waits to bear me home
Lies anchored in her berth at bay;
And soon, as dashing through the foam,
And peradventure through the storm,
She'll bear me on my homebound way.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
As I went down by Hastings Mill I saw while I stood dreaming
The flicker of her riding light along the ripples streaming,
The bollards where we made her fast and the berth where she did lie
(Shipmate, my shipmate!) in the days gone by.
"Hastings Mill" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Packers clinch playoff berth with win over Bears.
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In case you can't remember how the Ravens can clinch the AFC North and a playoff berth , here are the scenarios.
Yes, it would be an accomplishment of huge significance should the team come back with one of two berths in the London Games that are on the line.
Grizzlies pound St Ignatius, earn State Bowl Game berth .
Texans beat Titans 24-10, clinch playoff berth .
Tunnicliffe earns 2nd straight Olympic berth .
St Thomas Earns School's First-Ever NCAA Football Championship Berth .
Marin Catholic, Sutter set to clash with state title berth on the line.
Cypress Bay hopes to break through with state championship berth .
The Lake Oswego boys soccer team found the back of the net in the second half of last week's game against Canby and, with the come-from-behind 4-2 victory, the Lakers locked down the second of the league's three automatic playoff berths .
Osceola head coach Doug Nichols was a Kowboys assistant for a stretch of 16 seasons (1990-2005) that included six district titles, eight playoff berths and a 1998 state championship.
Aggies fall to CSUN, await word on NCAA berth .
Comets edge Hawks to earn state berth .
Badgers run wild, crush Nebraska for 3rd straight Rose Bowl berth .
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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
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