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larboard

[lahr-bawrd, -bohrd; Nautical lahr-berd] /ˈlɑrˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd; Nautical ˈlɑr bərd/
noun
1.
(formerly) port2 (def 1).
adjective
2.
(formerly) port2 (defs 2, 3).
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English laddeborde (perhaps literally, loading side; see lade, board); later larborde (by analogy with starboard)
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Examples for larboard
  • They left the land on their larboard, and let the sheet turn toward the land.
British Dictionary definitions for larboard

larboard

/ˈlɑːbəd/
noun, adjective
1.
(nautical) a former word for port2
Word Origin
C14 laddeborde (changed to larboard by association with starboard), from laden to load + bordeboard
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Word Origin and History for larboard
larboard
"left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), c.1300, ladde-borde, perhaps lit. "the loading side," if this was the side on which goods were loaded onto a ship, from laden "to load" + bord "ship's side." Altered 16c. on influence of starboard, then largely replaced by port (1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The O.E. term was bæcboard, lit. "back board" (see starboard).
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