: a place in the water where a ship stops and stays when anchored or at a wharf. 2 : a bed on a ship or train. 3 : an amount of distance kept for the sake of safety. We gave the haunted house a wide berth.
This word is found in chapter 2 of “Quicksand” It was used in reference to Helga hoping to get boarding on a train in midst of her hasty departure from Naxos.