1. a loop in a rope
2. a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
3. a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline
; - Example: "the Bight of Benin"- Example: "the Great Australian Bight"
4. the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
1. fasten with a bight
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bight \Bight\ (b[imac]t), n. [OE. bi[yogh]t a bending; cf. Sw. &
Dan. bugt bend, bay; fr. AS. byht, fr. b[=u]gan. [root]88.
Cf. Bout, Bought a bend, and see Bow, v.]
1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a
horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.
2. (Geog.) A bend in a coast forming an open bay; as, the
Bight of Benin.
3. (Naut.) The double part of a rope when folded, in
distinction from the ends; that is, a round, bend, or coil
not including the ends; a loop.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a loop in a rope
2: a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
3: a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline; "the
Bight of Benin"; "the Great Australian Bight"
4: the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its
v 1: fasten with a bight
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
61 Moby Thesaurus words for "bight":
L, angle, apex, arm, armlet, bay, bayou, belt, bend, bifurcation,
boca, cant, chevron, coin, corner, cove, crank, creek, crook,
crotchet, deflection, dogleg, elbow, ell, estuary, euripus, fjord,
fork, frith, furcation, gulf, gut, harbor, hook, inflection, inlet,
knee, kyle, loch, mouth, narrow, narrow seas, narrows,
natural harbor, nook, point, quoin, reach, road, roads, roadstead,
slough, sound, strait, straits, swerve, veer, vertex, zag, zig,