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bight

[bahyt] /baɪt/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English byght, Old English byht bend, bay; cognate with Dutch bocht, German Bucht; akin to bow1
Can be confused
bight, bite, byte.
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British Dictionary definitions for bight

bight

/baɪt/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to fasten or bind with a bight
Word Origin
Old English byht; see bow²

Bight

noun
1.
(Austral, informal) the Bight, the major indentation of the S coast of Australia, from Cape Pasley in W Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in S Australia In full the Great Australian Bight
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Word Origin and History for bight
n.

Old English byht "bend, angle, corner" (related to bow), from Proto-Germanic *buhtiz (cf. Middle Low German bucht, German Bucht, Dutch bocht, Danish bught "bight, bay"), from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old English beag, Old High German boug "ring;" see bow (v.)). Sense of "indentation on a coastline" is from late 15c.

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bight
  (bīt)   
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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