bight

[bahyt]
noun
1.
the middle part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
2.
the loop or bent part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
3.
a bend or curve in the shore of a sea or river.
4.
a body of water bounded by such a bend.
5.
a bay or gulf.
verb (used with object)
6.
to fasten with a bight of rope.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English byght, Old English byht bend, bay; cognate with Dutch bocht, German Bucht; akin to bow1

bight, bite, byte.
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bight (baɪt)
 
n
1.  a wide indentation of a shoreline, or the body of water bounded by such a curve
2.  the slack middle part of an extended rope
3.  a curve or loop in a rope
 
vb
4.  (tr) to fasten or bind with a bight
 
[Old English byht; see bow²]

Bight
 
n
informal (Austral) the Bight In full: the Great Australian Bight the major indentation of the S coast of Australia, from Cape Pasley in W Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in S Australia

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bight
O.E. byht "bend, angle, corner" (related to bow), from P.Gmc. *buhtiz (cf. M.L.G. bucht, Ger. Bucht, Du. bocht, Dan. bught), from PIE base *bheug- "to bend" (cf. O.E. beag, O.H.G. boug "ring;" see bow (v.)). Sense of "indentation on a coastline" is from late 15c.
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bight   (bīt)  Pronunciation Key 
A long, gradual bend or curve in a shoreline. A bight can be larger than a bay, or it can be a segment of a bay.
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Sitting atop a ridge along side the road in the settlement of old bight is st.
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