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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: berth

1
nv
a place where a craft can be made fast
come into or dock at a wharf
2
nv
a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
provide with a berth
3
n
a job in an organization
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: berth
1

n a place where a craft can be made fast

Synonyms:
moorage, mooring, slip
Type of:
anchorage, anchorage ground
place for vessels to anchor

v come into or dock at a wharf

Synonyms:
moor, wharf
Type of:
dock
come into dock

v secure in or as if in a berth or dock

Synonyms:
moor, tie up
Types:
wharf
moor at a wharf
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
2

n a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers

Synonyms:
built in bed, bunk
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

v provide with a berth

Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to
3

n a job in an organization

Synonyms:
billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
Types:
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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
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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