Davit meaning

dăv'ĭt, dā'vĭt
A small crane that projects over the side of a ship and is used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo.
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Either of a pair of uprights that can be swung out over the side of a ship for lowering or raising a small boat.
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A crane in a ship's bow, formerly used to raise or lower the anchor.
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(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.
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(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.
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Origin of davit

  • Middle English daviot from Norman French daviet from Old French cabinetmaker's cramp or clamp from diminutive of Davi David, cabinetmaker's cramp
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition