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1. Sufficient space for a vessel to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs.
2. A space for a vessel to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier.
a. Employment on a vessel: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine.
b. A job: a comfortable berth as head of the department.
a. A built-in bed or bunk, as on a ship or a train.
b. A place to sleep or stay; accommodations: found a berth in a nearby hotel.
5. A space where a vehicle can be parked, as for loading.
v. berthed, berth·ing, berths
1. To bring (a vessel) to a berth.
2. To provide with a berth.
To come to a berth; dock.
a wide berth
Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence: gave their angry colleague a wide berth.

[Middle English birth; perhaps akin to beren, to bear; see bear1.]
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Sealthiel, suffered a defective steering system as it tried to dock at its berthing space past 8 a.m.
Dubai: Dubai's dearth of berthing spots could hurt its ability to attract large vessels, prompting some in the boating industry to call for higher investment in marina infrastructure.