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davit

[ dav-it, dey-vit ]
/ ˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt /
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noun

any of various cranelike devices used singly or in pairs for supporting, raising, and lowering especially boats, anchors, and cargo over a hatchway or side of a ship.

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Origin of davit

1325–75; Middle English daviot<Anglo-French, apparently diminutive of Davi David
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davit
/ (ˈdævɪt, ˈdeɪ-) /

noun

a cranelike device, usually one of a pair, fitted with a tackle for suspending or lowering equipment, esp a lifeboat

Word Origin for davit

C14: from Anglo-French daviot, diminutive of Davi David
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