AskDefine | Define bight

Dictionary Definition



1 a loop in a rope
2 a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
3 a broad bay formed by an indentation (a bight) in the shoreline; "the Bight of Benin"; "the Great Australian Bight"
4 the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends) v : fasten with a bight

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow.
    I spied a bight of meadow some way below the roadway in an angle of the river. (Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes)
  2. An area of sea lying between two promontories; larger than a bay, wider than a gulf
  3. A loop in a rope.


  • Dutch: bocht
large bay
  • Dutch: bocht
  • Dutch: lus

Extensive Definition

A bight may refer to:
  • bight (geography), recess of a coast or bay.
  • bight (knot) is a curved section, slack part, or loop in rope (used in the terminology of knot-tying).

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