Meaning of berth

berth




A berth is a bed, usually stacked like bunk beds, on a train or a ship. If you’re on an overnight train, you may want to spring for a berth instead of sitting up all night.

You may have heard the phrase “to give someone a wide berth — that means to give them plenty of space. But if you want to use berth as a verb, you better be talking about parking a boat: to berth means to moor or dock a ship. The parking spot itself also happens to be called a berth. So if there’s a big storm brewing, you best be sure to berth your boat securely in its berth.

Definitions of berth
  1. noun

    a place where a craft can be made fast

    synonyms:

    moorage, mooring, slip

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    type of:

    anchorage, anchorage ground

    place for vessels to anchor

  2. verb

    come into or dock at a wharf

    synonyms:

    moor, wharf

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    type of:

    dock

    come into dock

  3. verb

    secure in or as if in a berth or dock

    synonyms:

    moor, tie up

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    types:

    wharf

    moor at a wharf
    type of:

    fasten, fix, secure

    cause to be firmly attached

  4. noun

    a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers

    synonyms:

    built in bed, bunk

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    types:

    lower, lower berth

    the lower of two berths
    upper, upper berth

    the higher of two berths
    type of:

    bed

    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep

  5. verb

    provide with a berth

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    type of:

    furnish, provide, render, supply

    give something useful or necessary to

  6. noun

    a job in an organization

    synonyms:

    billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot

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    academicianship

    the position of member of an honorary academy
    accountantship

    the position of accountant
    admiralty

    the office of admiral
    ambassadorship

    the post of ambassador
    apostleship

    the position of apostle
    apprenticeship, internship

    the position of apprentice
    associateship

    the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
    attorneyship

    the position of attorney
    bailiffship

    the office of bailiff
    baronetage

    the state of a baronet
    bishopry, episcopate

    the office and dignity of a bishop
    cadetship

    the position of cadet
    caliphate

    the office of a caliph
    captaincy, captainship

    the post of captain
    cardinalship

    the office of cardinal
    chairmanship

    the position of chairman
    chancellorship

    the office of chancellor
    chaplaincy, chaplainship

    the position of chaplain
    chieftaincy, chieftainship

    the position of chieftain
    clerkship

    the job of clerk
    commandership, commandery

    the position or office of commander
    comptrollership

    the position of comptroller
    consulship

    the post of consul
    controllership

    the position of controller
    councillorship, councilorship

    the position of council member
    counsellorship, counselorship

    the position of counselor
    curacy

    the position of a curate
    curatorship

    the position of curator
    custodianship

    the position of custodian
    deanery, deanship

    the position or office of a dean
    directorship

    the position of a director of a business concern
    discipleship

    the position of disciple
    editorship

    the position of editor
    eldership

    the office of elder
    emirate

    the office of an emir
    fatherhood

    the status of a father
    fatherhood

    the status of a religious leader
    foremanship

    the position of foreman
    generalcy, generalship

    the office and authority of a general
    governorship

    the office of governor
    headship

    the position of head
    headship

    the position of headmaster or headmistress
    hot seat

    a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
    incumbency

    the office of an incumbent
    inspectorship

    the office of inspector
    instructorship

    the position of instructor
    internship

    the position of a medical intern
    judgeship, judicature

    the position of judge
    khanate

    the position of a khan
    lectureship

    the post of lecturer
    legateship, legation

    the post or office of legate
    legislatorship

    the office of legislator
    librarianship

    the position of librarian
    lieutenancy

    the position of a lieutenant
    magistracy, magistrature

    the position of magistrate
    managership

    the position of manager
    manhood

    the status of being a man
    marshalship

    the post of marshall
    mastership

    the position of master
    mayoralty

    the position of mayor
    messiahship

    the position of messiah
    moderatorship

    the position of moderator
    overlordship

    the position of overlord
    pastorate, pastorship

    the position of pastor
    peasanthood

    the state of being a peasant
    plum

    a highly desirable position or assignment
    praetorship

    the office of praetor
    precentorship

    the position of precentor
    preceptorship

    the position of preceptor
    prefecture

    the office of prefect
    prelacy, prelature

    the office or station of a prelate
    premiership

    the office of premier
    presidency, presidentship

    the office and function of president
    primateship

    the office of primate
    principalship

    the post of principal
    priorship

    the office of prior
    proconsulate, proconsulship

    the position of proconsul
    proctorship

    the position of proctor
    chair, professorship

    the position of professor
    protectorship

    the position of protector
    public office

    a position concerning the people as a whole
    rabbinate

    the office or function of a rabbi
    receivership

    the office of a receiver
    rectorate, rectorship

    the office or station of a rector
    regency

    the office of a regent
    residency

    the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
    rulership

    the position of ruler
    sainthood

    the status and dignity of a saint
    secretaryship

    the position of secretary
    feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory

    the position and authority of a feudal lord
    senatorship

    the office of senator
    sinecure

    an office that involves minimal duties
    solicitorship

    the position of solicitor
    speakership

    the position of Speaker
    stewardship

    the position of steward
    studentship

    the position of student
    teachership

    the position of teacher
    thaneship

    the position of thane
    throne

    the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
    treasurership

    the position of treasurer
    tribuneship

    the position of tribune
    trusteeship

    the position of trustee
    vice-presidency

    the office and function of a vice president
    viceroyship

    the position of viceroy
    viziership

    the position of vizier
    wardenship

    the position of warden
    wardership

    the position of warder
    womanhood

    the status of a woman
    headmastership

    the position of headmaster
    headmistressship

    the position of headmistress
    Chief Executive, President, President of the United States

    the office of the United States head of state
    bully pulpit

    a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
    Attorney General, Attorney General of the United States

    the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
    Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture

    the position of the head of the Department of Agriculture
    Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce

    the position of the head of the Department of Commerce
    Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense

    the position of the head of the Department of Defense
    Education Secretary, Secretary of Education

    the position of the head of the Education Department
    Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy

    the position of the head of the Department of Energy
    Secretary of Health and Human Services

    the position of the head of the Department of Health and Human Services
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    the position of the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor

    the position of the head of the Department of Labor
    Secretary of State

    the position of the head of the State Department
    Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior

    the position of the head of the Department of the Interior
    Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary

    the position of the head of the Treasury Department
    Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary

    the position of the head of the Department of Transportation
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs

    the position of the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Secretary of War, War Secretary

    head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
    Navy Secretary, Secretary of the Navy

    head of a former executive department; combined with the War Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
    Secretary of Commerce and Labor

    head of a former executive department created in 1903 and divided into two departments in 1913
    Secretary of Health Education and Welfare

    head of a former executive department created in 1953 and divided into two departments in 1979
    type of:

    business, job, line, line of work, occupation

    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

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