- either of a pair of uprights that can be swung out over the side of a ship for lowering or raising a small boat
- a crane in a ship's bow, formerly used to raise or lower the anchor
Origin of davitMiddle English and Old French daviot, diminutive of David, probably with reference to the slaying of Goliath
A small crane that projects over the side of a ship and is used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo.
Origin of davitMiddle English daviot from Norman French daviet from Old French cabinetmaker's cramp or clamp from diminutive of Davi David, cabinetmaker's cramp
- (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.
- (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.