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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.



bight (plural bights)

Map of Australia, showing the Great Australian Bight.
A bight (curve in a rope)
  1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow
    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. (geography) A bend or curve in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature.
  4. A curve in a rope
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, [], OCLC 1042815524, part I:
      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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bight (third-person singular simple present bights, present participle bighting, simple past and past participle bighted)

  1. (transitive) To arrange or fasten (a rope) in bights.

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