Davit
Davit Dav"it, n. [Cf. F. davier forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. david davit; all probably from the proper name David.] (Naut.) (a) A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; -- called also the {fish davit}. (b) pl. Curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; -- called also {boat davits}. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

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  • Davit — Zwei Davits Ein Davit (dt. [ …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Davit — nennt man kranartige Ausleger an Bord der Schiffe, an denen die Beiboote geheißt und gefiert werden (Bootsdavits) oder die Anker an Deck genommen werden (Ankerdavits), und zwar Katt und Fischdavits. Die Davits werden meist aus Rundeisen… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Davit — (engl., spr. dehwitt), hölzerner oder eiserner Kran an Bord von Schiffen zum Aufheißen der Boote (Boots D.), zum Fördern der Geschosse aus den Munitionskammern an die Geschütze (Geschoß D.) etc …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • davit — also david, crane like structure used to lower things off a ship, etc., late 15c., apparently a use of the masc. proper name DAVID (Cf. David) on the pattern of applying common Christian names to useful devices (Cf. jack, jenny, jimmy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • davit — ► NOUN ▪ a small crane on a ship, especially one of a pair for lowering a lifeboat. ORIGIN Old French daviot, from david, denoting a kind of carpenter s tool …   English terms dictionary

  • davit — [dā′vit; ] also [ dav′it] n. [ME & OFr daviot, dim. of David, prob. with reference to the slaying of Goliath] 1. either of a pair of uprights that can be swung out over the side of a ship for lowering or raising a small boat 2. a crane in a ship… …   English World dictionary

  • Davit — Boat suspended from davits. For the name of a person, see David (name). A davit (pronounced /ˈdævɨt/ dă′·vət or /ˈdeɪvɨt/ dā′·vət) is a structure, usually made of steel, which is used to lower things over an edge of a long drop off …   Wikipedia

  • Davit — Da|vit 〈[ dɛıvıt] od. [da:vıt] m. 6 oder n. 15; Mar.〉 schwenk od. kippbarer eiserner Kranbalken zum Bewegen kleiner Lasten an Bord, für Rettungsflöße, paarweise für Bei u. Rettungsboote [engl.] * * * Davit   [ dævɪt, englisch] der, s/ s, kleines …   Universal-Lexikon

  • davit — noun /ˈdeɪvɪt,ˈdævət/ a) A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship. b) a crane, often working in pairs and usually made of steel, used to… …   Wiktionary

  • Davit — Da|vit [ de:vit] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. davit, vielleicht zum Eigennamen David> drehbarer Schiffskran …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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