Definition of

Berth

  1. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  2. (noun, artifact) a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
  3. (noun, location) a place where a craft can be made fast
  4. (verb, contact) come into or dock at a wharf
  5. (verb, contact) secure in or as if in a berth or dock
  6. (verb, possession) provide with a berth

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Alternate forms of Berth

Derivations: berth

Hyponyms: academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, governorship, headship, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, lower, lower berth, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, moderatorship, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stewardship, studentship, teachership, thaneship, throne, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, upper, upper berth, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, wharf, womanhood

Hypernyms: anchorage, anchorage ground, bed, business, dock, fasten, fix, furnish, job, line, line of work, occupation, provide, render, secure, supply

Origin of the word Berth

  1. 1620s, "convenient sea room" (both for ships and sailors), of uncertain origin, probably from bear (v.) + noun suffix -th as in strength, health, etc. Original sense is preserved in phrase to give (something or someone) wide berth. Meaning "place on a ship to stow chests, room for sailors" is from 1706; extended to non-nautical situations 1778. more

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