a shelflike sleeping space, as on a ship, airplane, or railroad car.

the space allotted to a vessel at anchor or at a wharf.
the distance maintained between a vessel and the shore, another vessel, or any object.
the position or rank of a ship’s officer.
the cabin of a ship’s officer.

a job; position.
a place, listing, or role:
She clinched a berth on our tennis team.

to allot to (a vessel) a certain space at which to anchor or tie up.
to bring to or install in a berth, anchorage, or moorage:
The captain had to berth the ship without the aid of tugboats.

to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.
Nautical. to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.
give a wide berth to, to shun; remain discreetly away from:
Since his riding accident, he has given a wide berth to skittish horses.
Historical Examples

Ulster’s Stand For Union Ronald McNeill
The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson
Cursed George Allan England
Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
A Traitor’s Wooing Headon Hill
Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
The Luck of Thirteen Jan Gordon

a bed or bunk in a vessel or train, usually narrow and fixed to a wall
(nautical) a place assigned to a ship at a mooring
(nautical) sufficient distance from the shore or from other ships or objects for a ship to manoeuvre
give a wide berth to, to keep clear of; avoid
(nautical) accommodation on a ship
(informal) a job, esp as a member of a ship’s crew
(transitive) (nautical) to assign a berth to (a vessel)
(nautical) to dock (a vessel)
(transitive) to provide with a sleeping place, as on a vessel or train
(intransitive) (nautical) to pick up a mooring in an anchorage
see: give a wide berth to

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