Definition of bight in English:



  • 1A curve or recess in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature.

    • ‘It's a blustery day on Humble Island, a tiny speck of rock tucked into a bight on the south end of Anvers Island, Antarctica.’
    • ‘Leaf headed his boat around to the small bight where the large power boat was tied, manoeuvred up to her and rafted alongside.’
    • ‘Days after the accident, ABP issued a notice to pilots telling them they should avoid passing in bights - areas where rivers curve - and emphasising they should always clearly communicate their intentions to the pilots of other ships.’
    • ‘We round the bight and suddenly the cacophony ceases.’
    • ‘Most of ours live aboard vessels moored more or less permanently outside the marina breakwater, in a shallow bight known as Fools' Anchorage.’
    • ‘Convergence of shelf water flows from the Middle and South Atlantic Bights (MAB and SAB) upon Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, presents a potential barrier to the exchange of fish larvae between bights.’
    • ‘The oceans were reduced two in number; the larger by far was the enormous Panthalassa Ocean, roughly equivalent to the Pacific of today, while the smaller Tethys Ocean lay as a gigantic bight on the eastern side of Pangaea.’
    • ‘Couldn't see the mountains but Lake Taupo and the Taranaki bight were visible.’
    • ‘Worth waiting for, though: The offshore waters are typically tempestuous, but winds in the channel's eastern bight will be only 10 to 15 knots.’
    • ‘The southern California bight region, Baja peninsula and waters offshore of central California are emerging as major regions of bluefin tuna residency.’
    cove, inlet, estuary, indentation, natural harbour, gulf, basin, fjord, ria, sound, arm, bight, firth, anchorage
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  • 2A loop of rope.

    • ‘He also learned the trick of using improvised wire strainers - a lever stuck into a stapled bight of wire.’
    • ‘Then pull a bight of the top rope trough the initial loop, and continue to the end of the sling/cordelette.’
    • ‘Personnel conducting any evolution that involves the use of ropes need to be aware of where they are standing at all times and avoid stepping into bights.’
    • ‘Pete finally settled on an arrangement that he was happy with, consisting of a butterfly and a long loop leading to a bowline on the bight.’
    • ‘They were positioned to the port side of the nose at our ten o'clock, in order to remain clear of the 3-wire's bight on the retract.’


Old English byht ‘a bend or angle’, of Germanic origin; related to bow.