Definition of starboard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstärbərd/ /ˈstɑrbərd/

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  • The side of a ship or aircraft that is on the right when one is facing forward.

    The opposite of port

    ‘I made a steep turn to starboard’
    • ‘the starboard wing’
    • ‘There are a navigation station and a quarter berth aft along the port side, and galley aft on the starboard side.’
    • ‘Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck.’
    • ‘The captain turned the ship to the starboard side, bracing the crew for the rapids and falls ahead.’
    • ‘So, at that point, it appears the crew flooded the starboard side of the ship.’
    • ‘Swimming up the stern will bring you onto the starboard side of the ship.’
    • ‘Hornblower stood on the starboard side aft, extending his glass to view the dot on the distant horizon.’
    • ‘It shows the ship lying forlornly on her starboard side, almost completely capsized.’
    • ‘The pilot and co-pilot/gunner sit side by side with the pilot on the starboard side.’
    • ‘A single point for pressure refueling is installed on the starboard side of the fuselage.’
    • ‘The crewman on the starboard side had gotten clear when he noticed the aircraft moving.’
    • ‘The dinette is along the starboard side and also converts to a berth.’
    • ‘He then entered the hull, which was still sitting on its starboard side.’
    • ‘Because I was sitting on the starboard side, my body weight only added to the mix.’
    • ‘The excitement and thrill of this spectacular display of air power drew most of the crew to the starboard side.’
    • ‘In attempting to close the bomb bay doors, the starboard side was found to be jammed.’
    • ‘The starboard side of the catamaran is no longer part of the destroyer.’
    • ‘Northbound ships were of particular concern since they would have dredgers on their starboard side.’
    • ‘The bow rested on its starboard side, the port anchor still in place on the steel hull.’
    • ‘The wreck lies on its starboard side, with the port railing uppermost at about 23m.’
    • ‘Light enters through a large hole in the starboard side of the hull above.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Turn (a ship or its helm) to starboard.

    ‘a red light is always a signal not to starboard the helm’
    • ‘The starboarding of the Cambridge in the circumstances of the case was wrong.’


Old English stēorbord ‘rudder side’ (see steer, board), because early Teutonic sailing vessels were steered with a paddle over the right side.