from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.
  • n. An area of sea lying between two promontories; larger than a bay, wider than a gulf
  • n. A curve in a rope

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow.
  • n. A bend in a coast forming an open bay.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fold or double so as to make one or more bights.
  • n. . 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. 2. A loop of a rope, in distinction from the ends; any bent part or turn of a rope between the ends.
  • n. . 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. . A similar bend in the shore of a river or a bay, or recess in a mountain; a bay-like indentation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline
  • n. a loop in a rope
  • n. the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
  • v. fasten with a bight
  • n. a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)


Middle English, bend, angle, from Old English byht; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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  • a river or sea bend (baylike)

    February 3, 2007