[dav-it, dey-vit]
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.

1325–75; Middle English daviot < Anglo-French, apparently diminutive of Davi David

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davit (ˈdævɪt, ˈdeɪ-)
a cranelike device, usually one of a pair, fitted with a tackle for suspending or lowering equipment, esp a lifeboat
[C14: from Anglo-French daviot, diminutive of Davi David]

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Word Origin & History

also david, "crane-like structure used to lower things down 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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Example sentences
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.
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