[ bahyt ]
/ baɪt /
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.
Words nearby bight
Origin of bight
before 1000; Middle English byght, Old English byht bend, bay; cognate with Dutch bocht, German Bucht; akin to bow1
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British Dictionary definitions for bighting (1 of 2)
/ (baɪt) /
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
Old English byht; see bow ²
British Dictionary definitions for bighting (2 of 2)
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 bighting
[ 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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