WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of bight before 1000; Middle English byght, Old English byht
bend, bay; cognate with
Dutch bocht, German Bucht;
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British Dictionary definitions for bighting 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
byht; see bow ² 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 Australia In full: the Great Australian Bight
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Word Origin and History for bighting n.
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.
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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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