- the middle part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
- the loop or bent part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends.
- a bend or curve in the shore of a sea or river.
- a body of water bounded by such a bend.
- a bay or gulf.
verb (used with object)
- to fasten with a bight of rope.
- a wide indentation of a shoreline, or the body of water bounded by such a curve
- the slack middle part of an extended rope
- a curve or loop in a rope
- (tr) to fasten or bind with a bight
- the Bight Australian informal the major indentation of the S coast of Australia, from Cape Pasley in W Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in S AustraliaIn full: the Great Australian Bight
Old English byht “bend, angle, corner” (related to bow), from Proto-Germanic *buhtiz (cf. Middle Low German bucht, German Bucht, Dutch bocht, Danish bught “bight, bay”), from PIE root *bheug- (3) “to bend,” with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old English beag, Old High German boug “ring;” see bow (v.)). Sense of “indentation on a coastline” is from late 15c.
- A long, gradual bend or curve in a shoreline. A bight can be larger than a bay, or it can be a segment of a bay.