What does bight mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term bight:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bight(noun)

    a loop in a rope

  2. bight(noun)

    a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)

  3. bight(noun)

    a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline

    "the Bight of Benin"; "the Great Australian Bight"

  4. bight(verb)

    the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)

  5. bight(verb)

    fasten with a bight


  1. bight(Noun)

    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 Cu00E9vennes)

  2. bight(Noun)

    An area of sea lying between two promontories; larger than a bay, wider than a gulf

  3. bight(Noun)

    A curve in a rope

  4. Origin: From bight, biȝt, byȝt (also bought, bowght, bouȝt, see bought), from byht, from buhtiz, from bʰūgʰ-. Cognate with bicht, bocht, bucht, Bucht, bugt, bugða. Compare bought.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bight

    a corner, bend, or angle; a hollow; as, the bight of a horse's knee; the bight of an elbow

  2. Bight

    a bend in a coast forming an open bay; as, the Bight of Benin

  3. Bight

    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


  1. Bight

    In knot tying, a bight is a curved section or slack part between the two ends of a rope, string, or yarn. "Any section of line that is bent into a U-shape is a bight." An open loop is a curve in a rope narrower than a bight but with separated ends. The term is also used in a more specific way when describing Turk's head knots, indicating how many repetitions of braiding are made in the circuit of a given knot.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bight

    bīt, n. a bend of the shore, or small bay: a bend or coil of a rope. [A.S. byht; cf. Dan. and Sw. bugt, Dut. bocht; from būgan, to bow.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. bight

    A bend in a coast forming an open bay or an open bay formed by such a bend.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bight

    A substantive made from the preterperfect tense of bend. The space lying between two promontories or headlands, being wider and smaller than a gulf, but larger than a bay. It is also used generally for any coast-bend or indentation, and is mostly held as a synonym of shallow bay.

  2. bight

    The loop of a rope when it is folded, in contradistinction to the end; as, her anchor hooked the bight of our cable, i.e. caught any part of it between the ends. The bight of his cable has swept our anchor, i.e. the bight of the cable of another ship as she ranged about has entangled itself about the flukes of our anchor. Any part of the chord or curvature of a rope between the ends may be called a bight.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bight in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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