What does berth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  2. mooring, moorage, berth, slipnoun

    a place where a craft can be made fast

  3. berth, bunk, built in bedverb

    a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers

  4. berthverb

    provide with a berth

  5. moor, berth, tie upverb

    secure in or as if in a berth or dock

    "tie up the boat"

  6. moor, berth, wharfverb

    come into or dock at a wharf

    "the big ship wharfed in the evening"


  1. berthnoun

    A fixed bunk for sleeping in (caravans, trains, etc).

  2. berthnoun

    Room for maneuvering or safety. (Often used in the phrase a wide berth.)

  3. berthnoun

    A space for a ship to moor or a vehicle to park.

  4. berthnoun

    A job or position, especially on a ship.

  5. berthnoun

    Position or seed in a tournament bracket.

  6. berthverb

    to bring (a ship or vehicle) into its berth

  7. berthverb

    to assign a berth (bunk or position) to

  8. Etymology: Origin obscure, but apparently from *, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Berthnoun

    Etymology: with sailors.


  1. berth

    A berth refers to a place where a vehicle, especially a ship or a train, can be accommodated for loading, unloading, or rest. In a broader context, it can also refer to a bed or sleeping accommodation on boats, trains, or other means of transportation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Berthnoun

    convenient sea room

  2. Berthnoun

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

  3. Berthnoun

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

  4. Berthnoun

    an allotted place; an appointment; situation or employment

  5. Berthnoun

    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

  6. Berthverb

    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

  7. Berthverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Berth

    bėrth, n. 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.—To give a wide berth to, to keep well away from generally. [A doublet of Birth; from Bear.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BERTH

    An aid to sleep, invented by Pullman. Lower preferred. BIRTH An aid to life, discovered by Woman. Higher preferred.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. berth

    The station in which a ship rides at anchor, either alone, or in a fleet; as, she lies in a good berth, i.e. in good anchoring ground, well sheltered from the wind and sea, and at a proper distance from the shore and other vessels.--Snug berth, a place, situation, or establishment. A sleeping berth.--To berth a vessel, is to fix upon, and put her into the place she is to occupy.--To berth a ship's company, to allot to each man the space in which his hammock is to be hung, giving the customary 14 inches in width.--To give a berth, to keep clear of, as to give a point of land a wide berth, is to keep at a due distance from it.

  2. berth

    The room or apartment where any number of the officers, or ship's company, mess and reside; in a ship of war there is commonly one of these between every two guns as the mess-places of the crew.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BERTH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Berth is ranked #79846 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Berth surname appeared 238 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Berth.

    88.6% or 211 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 10 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of berth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of berth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of berth in a Sentence

  1. Connor McDavid:

    I know everyone is excited in here, I don't think anyone feels out of it( the hunt for a playoff berth) by any means, i'm excited to play again. It feels like my first game all over again.

  2. Cole Irvin:

    They’re fighting for what we’re fighting for, a postseason berth.

  3. Justin Turner:

    Justin Turner said. They sure did. Seager homeredagain, Buehler pitched six scoreless innings and The Dodgers beat The Braves 3-1 on Saturday to send the NL Championship Series to a winner-take-all finale. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON Los Angeles avoided elimination for the second time in less than 24 hours, staying alive in Los Angeles pursuit of a third pennant in four years. Los Angeles hasnt won a championship since 1988. Im still sort of recovering from this one, but already thinking about Game 7, The Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Thats what you live for. Justin Turner also homered for Los Angeles, and Kenley Jansen threw a six-pitch ninth for Kenley Jansen 18th career postseason save. The NL West and East champions play again Sunday night, with the potential for two rookie starters in a Game 7 for the first time in big league history. Roberts was keeping his options open for his starting pitcher while The Braves plan to go with rookie right-hander Ian Anderson, who has thrown 15 2/3 scoreless innings in Ian Anderson three postseason starts. Tony Gonsolin and three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw are among the possibilities for Los Angeles. Shoot, well go out there and let er fly. A Game 7 is another baseball game, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. You have to treat it as such. The Braves were hoping to celebrate Snitkers 65th birthday Saturday with the franchises first World Series berth since 1999. But Max Fried took Max Fried first loss all year, working into the seventh inning after surrendering three runs during a rocky first. Buehler, using Stans Rodeo Ointment to deal with bothersome blisters, threw 65 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He allowed seven hits while striking out six without a walk. After Atlanta loaded the bases with three singles in a row to start the top of second the last hit by his Vanderbilt roommate Dansby Swanson the right-hander really brought the heat, with 10 consecutive fastballs to get out of the jam. Austin Riley struck out on a 98.7 mph pitch before Nick Markakis took a called third strike on 99.7 mph. Cristian Pache, the 21-year-old rookie who had an RBI in each of Cristian Pache first four NLCS starts, was retired on an inning-ending groundout. Cristian Pache mound presence is just unbelievable.

  4. Aaron David Miller:

    This is not the first administration to have enabled Saudi Arabia and given them wide berth, it's just that Bruce Riedel have a senior Saudi leadership that has been uncharacteristically risk-ready and frankly reckless.

  5. Krys Johnson:

    Stay with that buddy group to reduce your contacts and to ensure some social distancing between you and other people (people tend to give groups a wider berth than they do for individual people).

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Translations for berth

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  • корабно място, място за спане, закотвям, длъжност, койка, акостирамBulgarian
  • camarotCatalan, Valencian
  • Koje, Landungsplatz, Schlafplatz, Ladeplatz, anlegen, LiegeplatzGerman
  • litera, camarote, amarra, atraqueSpanish
  • kiinnittyä, pysäköintiruutu, venepaikka, laituripaikka, pelivara, rantautua, punkkaFinnish
  • marge de manœuvre, couchetteFrench
  • ágy, alvóhelyHungarian
  • navoliteto, liteto, kabinetolito, trenolitetoIdo
  • attracco, cuccetta, attraccareItalian
  • 寝台, バースJapanese
  • aanleggen, ligplaats, aanmeren, kooiDutch
  • køyeNorwegian
  • vaga, camarote, atracarPortuguese
  • должность, причал, причаливать, якорное место, место, спальное место, койка, полка, причалитьRussian
  • sovplats, kojSwedish

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