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Webster 1913 Edition


Bight

Bight

(bīt)
,
Noun.
[OE.
biȝt
a bending; cf. Sw. & Dan.
bugt
bend, bay; fr. AS.
byht
, fr.
būgan
. √88. Cf.
Bout
,
Bought
a bend, and see
Bow
,
Verb.
]
1.
A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow;
as, the
bight
of a horse’s knee; the
bight
of an elbow
.
2.
(Geog.)
A bend in a coast forming an open bay;
as, the
Bight
of Benin
.
3.
(Naut.)
The double part of a rope when folded, in distinction from the ends; that is, a round, bend, or coil not including the ends; a loop.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bight

BIGHT

, n.
1.
A bend, or small bay between two points of land.
2.
The double part of a rope when folded, in distinction from the end; that is, a round, bend or coil anywhere except at the ends.
3.
The inward bent of a horse's chambrel,and the bend of the fore knees.

Definition 2022


bight

bight

English

Noun

bight (plural bights)

A bight (curve in a rope)
  1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow
    the bight of a horse's knee
    the bight of an elbow
  2. An area of sea lying between two promontories, larger than a bay, wider than a gulf
  3. (geography) a bend or curve in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature
  4. A curve in a rope
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 1
      I could see every rib, the joints of their limbs were like knots in a rope; each had an iron collar on his neck, and all were connected together with a chain whose bights swung between them, rhythmically clinking.

Related terms

  • Bight of Benin
  • Bight of Biafra
  • Great Australian Bight
  • New York Bight

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See also

  • Appendix:Parts of the knot