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davit


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Davit  \Dav"it\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  davier  forceps,  davit,  cooper's 
  instrument,  G.  david  davit;  all  probably  from  the  proper  name 
  David.]  (Naut.) 
  a  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}. 
  b  pl  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}.  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  davit 
  n  :  a  cranelike  device  (usually  one  of  a  pair)  for  suspending  or 
  lowering  equipment  (as  a  lifeboat) 




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