Pronunciation: (bûrth),[key] —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. 1. 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. 2. to provide with a sleeping space, as on a train.
—v.i. Naut.to come to a dock, anchorage, or moorage.