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Meaning of starboard by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English sterbord, from Old English steorbord ( “side on which a vessel was steered” ), the right side of the boat, making it impractical to put the right side against a pier when in port, hence the left side of the boat became known as the port side. Steering capabilities with such a primitive oar and steering system would be compromised if it was on the left, as the majority of able seamen were right-handed .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈstɑɹbɚd/


    starboard ( plural: starboards )

    1. The right hand side of a ship, boat or aircraft when facing the front, or fore or bow. Starboard does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft .
    2. ( nautical ) One of the two traditional watches aboard a ship standing a watch in two .




    starboard ( third-person singular simple present starboards present participle starboarding, simple past and past participle starboarded )

    1. ( nautical, transitive ) To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel .
      to starboard the helm

    See also

    • Starboard on Wikipedia .

Explanation of starboard by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. turn to the right, of helms or rudders

    1. located on the right side of a ship or aircraft

    1. the right side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose

    Definition of starboard by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Starboard ( -bōrd or -bẽrd ), n. [OE. sterbord, AS. steórbord, i.e., steer board. See Steer, v. t., Board of a vessel, and cf. Larboard.] ( Naut. ) That side of a vessel which is on the right hand of a person who stands on board facing the bow; -- opposed to larboard, or port.

    2. Starboard, a. ( Naut. ) Pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship; being or lying on the right side; as, “the starboard shrouds; starboard quarter; starboard tack.”

    3. Starboard, v. t. ( Naut. ) To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel; as, “to starboard the helm”.