Definition of berth in English:
- And although discussions are still ongoing, Scotland Yard today refused to rule out a mooring berth for the container-like ship off the coast.
- We will now provide two finger wharves with 20 public berths and you'll see a total revamp.
- The total quay length measures 2630m and the port offers 11 commercial shipping berths, a repair quay and a drydock.
- It's rough being in the upper berth in a two-story train.
- There are overweight ones who shudder at the thought of having to sleep on an upper berth in a train.
- Check the sleeping arrangements carefully: There's usually a mix of larger cabins with full beds and tiny compartments with upper and lower berths.
- The six gymnasts who competed on each event earned their berths at the semi-final competition held two weeks ago.
- India also would be looking for a victory to book a berth in the finals as their final match is against Sri Lanka.
- As she got used to the testing conditions, she pushed through to the third and final qualifying position, denying her opponent of a semi-final berth.
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- However, this is a canal basin with a few barges on it, not a yachting marina where you berth a boat ready to sail.
- Presently it is difficult to locate a mooring to berth a boat for the night, let alone find one to tie to while diving.
- The Port Authority said it had to choose between berthing its own ferries and the cruise ship.
- Having originally left the harbour on Sunday, February 16, the ship berthed in Florida at the Maritime Museum's dock.
- Both of the children, agreeing their day was much better than being at school, spent several hours on the ship receiving a tour and lunch before the ship berthed.
- The 21,000-ton ship berthed at Greenwich to commemorate the new affiliation between Illustrious and the City of London.
- Many of the passengers were berthed in the aircraft hangars, and although the hangar doors had been welded shut to give them some security, nothing could be done in a tempest like this to make anyone feel safe.
- Passengers are berthed in Staterooms, on the forward Main Deck on all steamers, except "Columbia" and "Astoria," on which they are situated in after part of Spar and Main Decks.
- We were berthed in the forward hold in tiers of hammocks.
When we give someone a wide berth, or stay away from them, we are using a nautical expression. Berth shares a root with bear, ‘to carry’. Originally, in the early 17th century, it meant ‘sea room’, or space to turn or manoeuvre. It developed the sense ‘a ship's allotted place at a wharf or dock’, and could also mean the place where seamen stowed their chests, then later the space where the sailors themselves slept.
give someone/thing a wide berth
- Steer a ship well clear of something while passing it: ships are advised to give the islands a wide berthMore example sentences
- When they neared Barbers Point they too saw a large column of ‘Army’ planes and so gave them a wide berth and continued on toward Ford Island.
- Yet for all the masterful handling of the ship by the coxswain it became quite noticeable that we gave a wide berth to the other ship.
- The anchor was weighed, the sails set and with the canoe in tow the little vessel bounded merrily over the waters, gave a wide berth to the reef, against whose frowning rocks the sea still lashed itself to foam, and kept away from the cove, where the English ship unconsciously awaited us.
- 1.1Stay away from someone or something: I’d sworn to give women a wide berthMore example sentences
- The best approach is to avoid accidents and helmets actually lead to more accidents, so give them a wide berth and stay safe.
- Certain methods of earning a living would be given a wide berth by most individuals, instinctively.
- Every sensible consumer should be giving these products a wide berth.
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