Definitions for davitˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt
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dav•itˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt(n.)
any of various cranelike devices used on a ship for supporting, raising, and lowering boats, anchors, etc.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of davit:
1325–75; ME daviot < AF, appar. dim. of Davi David
a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship.
a crane, often working in pairs and usually made of steel, used to lower things over an edge of a long drop off, such as lowering a maintenance trapeze down a building or launching a lifeboat over the side of a ship.
a spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; -- called also the fish davit
curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; -- called also boat davits
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A small crane on a vessel that is used to raise and lower small boats, such as lifeboats, side loadable warping tugs, or causeway sections.