bight

[ bahyt ]
/ baɪt /

noun

the middle part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
the loop or bent part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
a bend or curve in the shore of a sea or river.
a body of water bounded by such a bend.
a bay or gulf.

verb (used with object)

to fasten with a bight of rope.

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Origin of bight

before 1000; Middle English byght, Old English byht bend, bay; cognate with Dutch bocht, German Bucht; akin to bow1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bight

bight bite byte
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British Dictionary definitions for bight (1 of 2)

bight
/ (baɪt) /

noun

a wide indentation of a shoreline, or the body of water bounded by such a curve
the slack middle part of an extended rope
a curve or loop in a rope

verb

(tr) to fasten or bind with a bight

Word Origin for bight

Old English byht; see bow ²

British Dictionary definitions for bight (2 of 2)

Bight

noun

the Bight Australian informal the major indentation of the S coast of Australia, from Cape Pasley in W Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in S AustraliaIn full: the Great Australian Bight
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Scientific definitions for bight

bight
[ bīt ]

A long, gradual bend or curve in a shoreline. A bight can be larger than a bay, or it can be a segment of a bay.
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