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Berth \Berth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [From the root of bear to produce, like birth nativity. See {Birth}.] [Also written {birth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) (a) Convenient sea room. (b) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside. (c) The place where a ship lies when she is at anchor, or at a wharf. [1913 Webster] 2. An allotted place; an appointment; situation or employment. ``He has a good berth.'' --Totten. [1913 Webster] 3. A place in a ship to sleep in; a long box or shelf on the side of a cabin or stateroom, or of a railway car, for sleeping in. [1913 Webster] {Berth deck}, the deck next below the lower gun deck. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. {To give} (the land or any object) {a wide berth}, to keep at a distance from it. [1913 Webster]