bight
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English byht bend, bay; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow Date: 15th century 1. a bend in a coast forming an open bay; also a bay formed by such a bend 2. a slack part or loop in a rope

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  • Bight — (b[imac]t), n. [OE. bi[yogh]t a bending; cf. Sw. & Dan. bugt bend, bay; fr. AS. byht, fr. b[=u]gan. [root]88. Cf. {Bout}, {Bought} a bend, and see {Bow}, v.] 1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse s knee; the bight of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bight — (n.) O.E. byht bend, angle, corner (related to bow), from P.Gmc. *buhtiz (Cf. M.L.G. bucht, Ger. Bucht, Du. bocht, Dan. bught bight, bay ), from PIE root *bheug (3) to bend, with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (Cf. O.E …   Etymology dictionary

  • bight — [bīt] n. [ME < OE byht < base of bugan (see BOW1); akin to Du & Ger bucht] 1. Obs. a bend, angle, or hollow, specif. of a body structure 2. a loop or slack part in a rope 3. a curve in a river, coastline, etc. 4. a bay formed by such a… …   English World dictionary

  • bight — [baıt] n [: Old English; Origin: byht] a slight bend or curve in a coast …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bight — [ baıt ] noun count a long curved part of the coast or a large river …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bight — ► NOUN 1) a curve or recess in a coastline or other geographical feature. 2) a loop of rope. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • bight — noun /baɪt/ a) A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horses knee; the bight of an elbow. I spied a bight of meadow some way below the roadway in an angle of the river. (Robert Louis Stevenson, ) b) An area of sea lying between… …   Wiktionary

  • bight — /buyt/, n. 1. the middle part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends. 2. the loop or bent part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends. 3. a bend or curve in the shore of a sea or river. 4. a body of water bounded by such a bend. 5. a bay or …   Universalium

  • Bight — A bight may refer to:* bight (geography), recess of a coast or bay. * bight (knot), a curved section, slack part, or loop in rope (used in the terminology of knot tying)ee also* Bite (disambiguation) * Byte …   Wikipedia

  • bight — UK [baɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms bight : singular bight plural bights a long curved part of the coast or a large river …   English dictionary

  • Bight — A bend; used geographically, a bend in a river. It has a rare use at Lincoln, in a street named East Bight: an eastward street with a sharp bend …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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