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bight

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noun \ˈbīt\

Simple Definition of bight

  • : a curve in a coast or the bay formed by such a curve

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bight

  1. 1 :  a bend in a coast forming an open bay; also :  a bay formed by such a bend

  2. 2 :  a slack part or loop in a rope

Examples of bight in a sentence

  1. <the bight known as the Bay of Fundy is known for its fast-running tides>



Origin and Etymology of bight

Middle English, from Old English byht bend, bay; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow


First Known Use: 15th century



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