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bight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bight fasten with a bight
    • n bight the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
    • n bight a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline "the Bight of Benin","the Great Australian Bight"
    • n bight a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
    • n bight a loop in a rope
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bight (Geog) A bend in a coast forming an open bay; as, the Bight of Benin.
    • Bight A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.
    • Bight (Naut) The double part of a rope when folded, in distinction from the ends; that is, a round, bend, or coil not including the ends; a loop.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bight A bend or bending; an angle, especially in a living body, as of the elbow, or the inward bend of a horse's chambrel, or the bend of the fore knees.
    • n bight A loop of a rope, in distinction from the ends; any bent part or turn of a rope between the ends.
    • n bight A narrow bay or recess in a sea-coast between comparatively distant headlands; a long and gradual bend of a coast-line: used especially in the names Bight of Benin and of Biafra in Africa, and the Great Australian Bight (on the south coast).
    • n bight A similar bend in the shore of a river or a bay, or recess in a mountain; a bay-like indentation.
    • bight To fold or double so as to make one or more bights.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bight bīt a bend of the shore, or small bay: a bend or coil of a rope.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. biȝt, a bending; cf. Sw. & Dan. bugt, bend, bay; fr. AS. byht, fr. būgan,. √88. Cf. Bout Bought a bend, and see Bow (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. byht; cf. Dan. and Sw. bugt, Dut. bocht; from būgan, to bow.

Usage

In literature:

I got a bight around Ormond's shoulders, and after some difficulty fastened it.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
Now I double the rope and throw it over the top of the pack to Rob, and he hooks the bight of the doubled rope over the cinch-hook.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Now slip the bight of the lanyard over your neck, and follow me.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
The supporting force unmolested in the Bight of Heligoland.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
She clutched for it, with plenty of slack, snubbed it about the saddle horn, clung to the end, made a bight of it about her body.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
He towed his ark around the Solano Wharf and into the big bight at Turner's Shipyard.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
It has a seacoast of about 200 miles on the Bight of Biafra.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Me an' Ed lives at Porcupine Cove, an' you can paddle th' canoe over from there t' Wolf Bight in half a day, whatever.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
Pass the end up through the bight around the standing part and down through the bight again.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The sailor took a turn about his body with the bight of the rope, and leaned back, holding a steady strain upon the tackle.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
First throw back a bight as in Fig.
"Knots, Bends, Splices" by J. Netherclift Jutsum
Of the whole of the low shores of the island only this bight remained to be revealed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This flourishes in Dahomey, and along the whole of the Bight of Benin.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
The Gulf of Uraba is a large bight or southerly extension of the Gulf of Darien.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
It lies in the bight of a bay, where rarely steamers closed the land.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
I'd a heap rather be laying up close to the King's clam broth than at that sorry, lonely, Lookout Bight.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
When we had dined I stood with Grace at the window of the sitting-room that overlooked the noble bight of Mount's Bay.
"A Marriage at Sea" by W. Clark Russell
The first naval action of the war was that in the Bight of Heligoland.
"The Harwich Naval Forces" by E. F. Knight
By water across the Australian Bight and Indian Ocean, it would be a voyage of about the same length.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
British light forces operating in the Helgoland Bight on April 20, 1918, obtained touch with German light forces, who retired behind mine fields.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
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In poetry:

O animal excellence,
Take pterodactyl flight
Fire-winged into the air
And find your lair
With cunning sense
On some Arabian bight
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Boats were curtseying, rising, bowing,
(Boats in that climate are so polite,)
And sands were a ribbon of green endowing,
And O the sun-dazzle on bark and bight!
"Lovers And A Reflection" by Charles Stuart Calverley
Past meadowy marshland and gray limestone bluff,
Low mangrove fens and waste lantana heights,
Long reaches where the tides and winds are rough,
And sheltered bights.
"Adrift: A Brisbane River Reverie" by George Essex Evans
The polished tide, with scarce a hint of blue,
Washed in the bight; above with angry moan
A raven, that was robbed, sat up in view,
Croaking and crying on a ledge alone.
"Songs of the Voices of Birds: A Raven in a White Chine" by Jean Ingelow
I saw when I looked up, on either hand,
A pale high chalk-cliff, reared aloft in white;
A narrowing rent soon closed toward the land,—­
Toward the sea, an open yawning bight.
"Songs of the Voices of Birds: A Raven in a White Chine" by Jean Ingelow
And heark’ning, I was sure their little ones
Were in the bird-talk, and discourse was made
Concerning hot sea-bights and tropic suns,
For a clear sultriness the tune conveyed;—­
"Sand Martins" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Don't gentrify the Bight .
Bight board OKs Croce's plan.
Bight board OKs Croce 's plan.
Large sea turtle was found at Great Rock Bight in Chilmark.
A large dead leatherback turtle that was more than five and a half feet long washed up at Great Rock Bight beach on the north shore last Tuesday afternoon.
Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck are an ironic, rap duo fronted by Bight Club's Jeremy Nutzman and local producer Eric Muchow.
Make the last tuck of the knot with the end doubled in a bight.
The Bight Bay Norman Island, British Virgin Islands.
With Mario Williams and the New Nike uniform, The Buffalo Bills are set to shine bight this year.
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