A small crane that projects over the side of a ship and is used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo.
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.
Other Word Forms
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