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Definition of "bight" [bight]

  • A loop in a rope. (noun)
  • The middle or slack part of an extended rope. (noun)
  • A bend or curve, especially in a shoreline. (noun)
  • A wide bay formed by such a bend or curve. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bight" in a sentence
  • "Figure I is a double bight, which is laid over the top of the pack, so that the two loops hang, well down, half on each side."
  • "At the head of the bight is a lagoon; but the entrance proving to be very shallow, and finding no security, we continued on our voyage; trusting that some place of shelter would present itself, if obliged to seek it by necessity."
  • ""bight" -- surrounded by ships and the men who sail them -- I might almost have been a hardy newspaper man!"
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