STAR BOARD

starboard

[stahr-berd, -bawrd, -bohrd]
noun
1.
the right-hand side of or direction from a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining or located to the starboard.
adverb
3.
toward the right side.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to turn (the helm) to starboard.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English sterbord (noun), Old English stēorbord, equivalent to stēor steering (see steer1) + bord side (see board)

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starboard (ˈstɑːbəd, -ˌbɔːd)
 
n
1.  Compare port the right side of an aeroplane or vessel when facing the nose or bow
 
adj
2.  relating to or on the starboard
 
vb
3.  to turn or be turned towards the starboard
 
[Old English stēorbord, literally: steering side, from stēor steering paddle + bord side; see steer1, board; from the fact that boats were formerly steered by a paddle held over the right-hand side]

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starboard
O.E. steorbord, lit. "side on which a vessel was steered," from steor- "rudder, steering paddle" + bord "ship's side." Cf. O.N. stjornborði, Low Ger. stürbord, Ger. Steuerbord. Early Germanic peoples' boats were propelled and steered by a paddle on the right side. Fr. tribord (O.Fr. estribord),
It. stribordo are Gmc. loan-words.
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