Definition of starboard in English:


Syllabification: star·board
Pronunciation: /ˈstärˌbôrd


  • The side of a ship or aircraft that is on the right when one is facing forward. The opposite of port3.
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    • There are a navigation station and a quarter berth aft along the port side, and galley aft on the starboard side.
    • Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck.
    • The captain turned the ship to the starboard side, bracing the crew for the rapids and falls ahead.


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  • Turn (a ship or its helm) to starboard.
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    • The starboarding of the Cambridge in the circumstances of the case was wrong.


Old English stēorbord 'rudder side' (see steer1, board), because early Teutonic sailing vessels were steered with a paddle over the right side.

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