- 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.
- to fasten with a bight of rope.
Origin of bight
Examples from the Web for bight
Contemporary Examples of bight
Humans, however, are rarely seen—the Bight is more than man can chew...It’s a Big, Big World: Sights That Make You Feel Small
December 24, 2013
Historical Examples of bight
All busy preparing for a start for the Head of the Bight to-morrow.Explorations in Australia
Bight hours was the time Mr. Gladstone permitted himself to sleep.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It has a seacoast of about 200 miles on the Bight of Biafra.
On the 28th of August came the battle off the Bight of Helgoland.
But at the last moment he managed to clutch the bight of the hanging rope.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- 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
- (tr) to fasten or bind with a bight
Word Origin for bight
- 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
Old English byht "bend, angle, corner" (related to bow), from Proto-Germanic *buhtiz (cf. Middle Low German bucht, German Bucht, Dutch bocht, Danish bught "bight, bay"), from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old English beag, Old High German boug "ring;" see bow (v.)). Sense of "indentation on a coastline" is from late 15c.
- 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.