/berrth/, n.1. a shelflike sleeping space, as on a ship, airplane, or railroad car.2. Naut.a. the space allotted to a vessel at anchor or at a wharf.b. the distance maintained between a vessel and the shore, another vessel, or any object.c. the position or rank of a ship's officer.d. the cabin of a ship's officer.3. a job; position.4. a place, listing, or role: She clinched a berth on our tennis team.5. give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from: Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.v.t.6. Naut.a. to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.b. to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage: The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.7. to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.v.i.8. Naut. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.[1615-25; prob. BEAR1 + -TH1]Syn. 4. spot, slot, position, post, niche, appointment.
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