from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The right-hand side of a ship or aircraft as one faces forward.
- adj. On the right-hand side as one faces forward.
- adv. To or toward the right-hand side as one faces forward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. One of the two traditional watches aboard a ship standing a watch in two.
- v. To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- adj. Pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship; being or lying on the right side
- transitive v. To put to the right, or starboard, side of a vessel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical that side of a vessel which is on the right when one faces the bow: opposed to port (larboard). See port.
- Nautical, pertaining to the right-hand side, or being or lying on the right side, of a vessel.
- To turn or put to the right or starboard side of a vessel: as, to starboard the helm (when it is desired to have the vessel's head go to port).
- Toward the right-hand or starboard side.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. located on the right side of a ship or aircraft
- v. turn to the right, of helms or rudders
- n. the right side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
Middle English sterbord, from Old English stēorbord : stēor-, a steering; + bord, side of a ship.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sterbord, from Old English stēor (“steer”) + bord (“side (of a ship)”). Ships had to dock on their left (port) side because the steering oar on the right would get in the way, which is how the left became known as the port side. (Wiktionary)