Definition of Starboard

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

Generic synonyms: Side
Antonyms: Larboard

2. Verb. Turn to the right, of helms or rudders.

3. Adjective. Located on the right side of a ship or aircraft.
Similar to: Right

Definition of Starboard

1. n. 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. a. Pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship; being or lying on the right side; as, the starboard quarter; starboard tack.

3. v. t. To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel; as, to starboard the helm.

Definition of Starboard

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. (context: nautical) One of the two traditional watches aboard a ship standing a watch in two. ¹

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Definition of Starboard

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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star vault
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Literary usage of Starboard

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"starboard her helm and open the green light on her starboard bow, as this propeller did. ... "Green light on the starboard bow. starboard the helm. ..."

2. The American Coast Pilot: Containing the Courses and Distances Between the by Edmund March Blunt (1822)
"You leave a large dry dock on your larboard hand, which, when you pass, you will see a small island, covered with trees, which you leave on your starboard ..."

3. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1906)
"-SHIP OFF THE starboard BOW!1 ing in their wildness, dashing over the starboard bow of the vessel, her hull glistening with the wet of the over-dashing ..."

4. Reports of Cases Decided in the High Court of Admiralty of England: And on by Maurice Charles Merttins Swabey, Great Britain High Court of Admiralty (1860)
"The C. steamer, steering E. J N., on a clear night in the Sea of Marmora, saw the bright and green lights of the S. three points on her starboard bow, ..."

5. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1898)
"The steam pressure was 265 pounds, and the vacuum 24.8 inches and 25.5 inches in starboard and port engines respectively. The engines developed 12379 ..."

6. Forty-five Years Under the Flag by Winfield Scott Schley (1904)
"At 11.45—The chase had resolved itself into the Colon, close in shore, distant about seven miles from the Vixen; the Oregon about one point on the starboard ..."

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