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[dav-it, dey-vit] /ˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt/
any of various cranelike devices used singly or in pairs for supporting, raising, and lowering especially boats, anchors, and cargo over a hatchway or side of a ship.
Origin of davit
1325-75; Middle English daviot < Anglo-French, apparently diminutive of Davi David Unabridged
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Examples from the web for davit
  • Gravity type boat davit with the davit arms mounted in trackways.
  • Weight test all lifeboats and lifeboat davits, all life raft davits and the rescue boat and davit.
  • Roof rigged davit means a davit used to raise the suspended working platform above the building face being serviced.
British Dictionary definitions for davit


/ˈdævɪt; ˈdeɪ-/
a cranelike device, usually one of a pair, fitted with a tackle for suspending or lowering equipment, esp a lifeboat
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French daviot, diminutive of Davi David
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Word Origin and History for davit

also david, "crane-like structure used to lower things off a ship, etc.," late 15c., apparently a use of the masc. proper name David on the pattern of applying common Christian names to useful devices (cf. jack, jenny, jimmy).

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