I. noun Etymology: Middle English birth, probably from beren to bear + -th Date: 15th century 1. a. sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship b. an amount of distance maintained for safety <
give the fire a wide berth
2. a. the place where a ship lies when at anchor or at a wharf b. a space for an automotive vehicle at rest <
a truck-loading berth
3. a place to sit or sleep especially on a ship or vehicle ; accommodation 4. a. a billet on a ship b. job, position, place <
a starting berth on the team
II. verb Date: 1667 transitive verb 1. to bring into a berth 2. to allot a berth to intransitive verb to come into a berth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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