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A small crane that projects over the side of a ship and is used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo.
[Middle English daviot, from Norman French daviet, from Old French, cabinetmaker's cramp or clamp, from diminutive of Davi, David, cabinetmaker's cramp.]
(General Engineering) a cranelike device, usually one of a pair, fitted with a tackle for suspending or lowering equipment, esp a lifeboat
[C14: from Anglo-French daviot, diminutive of Davi David]
dav•it(ˈdæv ɪt, ˈdeɪ vɪt)
any of various cranelike devices used on a ship for supporting, raising, and lowering boats, anchors, etc.
[1325–75; Middle English daviot < Anglo-French, appar. diminutive of Davi David]
A small crane on a vessel that is used to raise and lower small boats, such as lifeboats, an LCM-8 on landing ship, tanks, side loadable warping tugs, or causeway sections.
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|Noun||1.||davit - a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)|
crane - lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight