davit

noun
da·​vit | \ ˈdā-vət How to pronounce davit (audio) , ˈda- How to pronounce davit (audio) \

Definition of davit

: a crane that projects over the side of a ship or a hatchway and is used especially for boats, anchors, or cargo

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First Known Use of davit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for davit

Middle English daviot, from Anglo-French, from Middle French daviet joiner's cramp, diminutive of david cramp, probably from the name David

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“Davit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/davit. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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