bight

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From Middle English bight, biȝt, byȝt (also bought, bowght, bouȝt, see bought), from Old English byht (bend, angle, corner; bay, bight), from Proto-Germanic *buhtiz (bend, curve), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (to bend). Cognate with Scots bicht (bight), Dutch bocht (bend, curve), Low German bucht (bend, bay), German Bucht (bay, bight), Danish bugt (bay), Icelandic bugða (curve), Albanian butë (soft, flabby) . Compare bought.

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bight (plural bights)

A bight (curve in a rope)
  1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.
  2. An area of sea lying between two promontories; larger than a bay, wider than a gulf
  3. A curve in a rope
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 1
      I could see every rib, the joints of their limbs were like knots in a rope; each had an iron collar on his neck, and all were connected together with a chain whose bights swung between them, rhythmically clinking.

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