bight

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noun \ ˈbīt \

Definition of bight

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

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Origin and Etymology of bight

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

bight Synonyms

Synonyms
arm, bay, gulf, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]
Related Words
harbor, port, road (s), roadstead; narrow, sound, strait; bayou; backwater, slough (also slew or slue)

BIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

bight

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Definition of bight for English Language Learners

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



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