Definition of Davit

1. Noun. A crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat).

Generic synonyms: Crane
Group relationships: Ship



Definition of Davit

1. n. 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.

Definition of Davit

1. Noun. (nautical) 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. ¹

2. Noun. (context: nautical construction) 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Davit

1. a hoisting device on a ship [n -S]

Medical Definition of Davit

1. 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. Origin: Cf. F. Davier forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. David davit; all probably from the proper name David. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Davit

dauw
dauws
davallia
davanite
daven
davened
davening
davenport
davenports
davens
davicil
davidia
davidias
davidite
davies
davit (current term)
davits
davreuxite
davy jones
davyne
davyum
daw
dawah
dawbries
dawbry
dawcock
dawcocks
dawd
dawded
dawding

Literary usage of Davit

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1. Practical Shipbuilding: A Treatise on the Structural Design and Building of by A. Campbell Holms (1918)
"If affected only by a bending moment, a davit might be • regarded simply as a loaded beam, but, of course, besides a bending moment, it is subjected to a ..."

2. Shipbuilding Cyclopedia: A Reference Book Covering Definitions of by Bibber Webster, J. L. Bates, Stephen McKay Phillips, Alfred Henry Haag (1920)
"H is the height of the davit above the keeper, and S is the spread or ... When the davit is to be of wrought iron and of sufficient strength to carry the ..."

3. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Ep. to davit. J- Ye're maybe wrang. Ep. to J. L—k, Ар. /í/, /o. An' never think o' right an' ... (To say aught less wad wrang the cartes, Ep. to davit. ..."

4. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"3 struck the ram, rebounded and exploded, cutting away port forward boat davit, and fragments passing through deck forward of boiler and starboard waist, ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"A shell from — Xo.3 struck the ram, rebounded and explode::. ?.. ting away port forward boat davit, ..."

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