American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various types of small cranes that project over the side of a ship and are used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, one of a pair of projecting pieces of wood or iron on the side or stern of a vessel, used for suspending or lowering and hoisting a boat, by means of sheaves and pulleys. They are set so as to admit of being shipped and unshipped at pleasure, and commonly turn on their axes, so that the boat can be swung in on deck, or vice versa.
- n. nautical A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship.
- n. nautical, construction a crane, often working in pairs and usually made of steel, used to lower things over an edge of a long drop off, such as lowering a maintenance trapeze down a building or launching a lifeboat over the side of a ship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; -- called also the
- n. Curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; -- called also
- n. a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
- Middle English daviot, from Norman French daviot, diminutive of Davi, David. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The davit-tackle carried away, and they are rigging the falls," he explained a minute or so later, and then went under to head off another attack.”
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“The davit tackle carried away, and they are rigging the falls," he explained, a minute or so later, and then went under to head off another attack.”
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“Her level of ignorance and stupidity is the stuff of legends. davit”
“An announcement over the loudspeaker moments earlier had warned sailors to stand clear of the twenty-six-foot motor whaleboat suspended on a davit about ten feet above the starboard deck.”
“Hey, I suffered credit card fraud about a month ago and had to do the affa davit cancel/replace card thing...”
“The stern davit cable snaps, the inboard/outboard motor sinks to the bottom, and the front davit holds up the bow, making the boat look like a breaching whale.”
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