da·​vit ˈdā-vət How to pronounce davit (audio) ˈda- How to pronounce davit (audio)
: 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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Illustration of davit

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of davit was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Davit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/davit. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one of a pair of posts with curved arms having ropes and pulleys attached and used especially on ships to raise and lower small boats
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