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dav·it

 (dăv′ĭt, dā′vĭt)
n.
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.]

davit

(ˈdævɪt; ˈdeɪ-)
n
(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)

n.
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]

davit

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.davit - a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)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
Translations
Davit
대빗

davit

[ˈdævɪt] Npescante m

davit

n (Naut) → Davit m or nt
References in classic literature ?
A fragment of the shell shattered the bow tackle, and I saw the women and children and the men vomited into the sea beneath, while the boat dangled stern up for a moment from its single davit, and at last with increasing momentum dived into the midst of the struggling victims screaming upon the face of the waters.
He was half hidden by a davit, so that two men who approached along the deck did not see him, and as they passed Tarzan caught enough of their conversation to cause him to fall in behind them, to follow and learn what deviltry they were up to.
The davit tackle carried away, and they are rigging the falls," he explained, a minute or so later, and then went under to head off another attack.
herself, quite ready to sail so soon as they should have clambered aboard and swung the long boat to its davits.
Then a stump-foremast lifted, ducked, and disappeared, to be followed on the next wave by a high stern with old-fashioned wooden snail's-horn davits.
There's two good boats on the davits amidships; the chief will take one, the second officer the other; and there ain't no reason why every blessed one of you shouldn't sleep in Ascension to-morrow night.
It was an organized move on the part of the sailors, evidently countenanced by the captain; for by the time we arrived where the gangway had been, it was being hoisted up, and the skiff, slung in the ship's davits, was likewise flying aloft out of reach.
There was that matter of the deck-calking, the bronze rudder-irons, the overhauling of the engine, the new spinnaker boom, the new davits, and the repairs to the whale-boat.
The men were hauling the boat up to the davits, the yacht was already heading off from the land, when Turlington startled everybody by one peremptory word--"Stop
The funnel had gone overboard in one of the heavy rolls; two of their three boats had disap peared, washed away in bad weather, and the davits swung to and fro, unsecured, with chafed rope's ends waggling to the roll.
It was only later, when upon the white flash of another high sea hurling itself amidships, Jukes had a vision of two pairs of davits leaping black and empty out of the solid blackness, with one overhauled fall flying and an iron-bound block capering in the air, that he became aware of what had happened within about three yards of his back.
We had also another, a fourteen-foot thing, on davits aft, where it was quite safe.