larboard "left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), 1580s, from M.E. ladde-borde (c.1300), 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 (Cf. port) (1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The O.E. term was bæcboard, lit. "back board" (see STARBOARD (Cf. starboard)).

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  • Larboard — Lar board , a. On or pertaining to the left hand side of a vessel; port; as, the larboard quarter. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Larboard — Lar board , n. [Lar is of uncertain origin, possibly the same as lower, i. e., humbler in rank, because the starboard side is considered by mariners as higher in rank; cf. D. laag low, akin to E. low. See {Board}, n., 8.] (Naut.) The left hand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • larboard — [lär′bərd, lär′bôrd΄] n. [ME laddeborde, orig. lading side < OE hladan, to lade + bord, side: sp. infl. by STARBOARD] the left hand side of a ship as one faces forward; port adj. on or of this side: Now largely replaced by PORT4 …   English World dictionary

  • larboard — noun Etymology: Middle English ladeborde Date: 14th century port V • larboard adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • larboard — /lahr bawrd , bohrd /; Naut. /lahr beuhrd/, Naut. n. 1. (formerly) port2 (def. 1). adj. 2. (formerly) port2 (defs. 2, 3). [1300 50; ME laddeborde (perh. lit., loading side; see LADE, BOARD); later larborde (by analogy with starboard)] …   Universalium

  • larboard — left side of a ship Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • larboard — lar·board || lÉ‘rbÉ™(r)d / lɑː n. port, left side of a ship (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • larboard — [ lα:bɔ:d, bəd] noun Nautical archaic term for port3. Origin ME ladebord (see lade, board), referring to the side on which cargo was loaded; the change to lar was due to assoc. with starboard …   English new terms dictionary

  • larboard — n. (Naut.) Port, left hand side …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • larboard — noun (U) old fashioned the left side of a ship; port (4) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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