• WordNet 3.6
    • n davit a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Davit (Naut) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n davit Nautical, one of a pair of projecting pieces of wood or iron on the side or stern of a vessel, used for suspending or lowering and hoisting a boat, by means of sheaves and pulleys. They are set so as to admit of being shipped and unshipped at pleasure, and commonly turn on their axes, so that the boat can be swung in on deck, or vice versa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Davit dāv′it one of a pair of pieces of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side or stern, having tackle to raise a boat by.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. davier, forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. david, davit; all probably from the proper name David,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Fr. davier, a forceps.


In literature:

From it also projects the davits for hoisting up the boats.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
A boat is dropped from the davits; as it strikes the water, men are seen swarming over the side into it.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Her boats were close aboard of her, but she had not yet hoisted them up to the davits.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
The crew were casting loose the boats at the quarter davits.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Now, Mr Forbes, are you ready with the davit tackles?
"The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"" by Harry Collingwood
An old term for davit.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The boats were washed from the davits and the thirty-four persons who were saved reached the shore by swimming.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The boats were all hoisted up at the davits, as if to provide for just such cases as his own.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Her papers were gone and the stern davits were empty.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
A glance at the craft's davits answered that question.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
The boats, that had at the commencement of the storm been hanging from the davits, were all gone or useless.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
Then, as quickly, by their sides stood two other men who sprang to lower the two small boats that hung at davits.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
That they did not succeed was due to the lack of a little oil on the ship's davits.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
Then he left Miss Vost and groped his way to the starboard davits.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The life-boats are held by means of string and small dummy pulleys to davits made of heavy stovepipe wire.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
A boat was swung out and lowered from the davits.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
There was one fellow clinging to the anchor-davits over the frothing water.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The ship came to anchor and the sailors swung the boat down from the davits.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Davit Balfour, ye're damned countryfeed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The lifeboats were loosened on the davits and made ready to launch.
"The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave" by Ross Kay

In news:

Thern Inc.–designer and manufacturer of products for lifting, moving, pulling, and other load handling functions–recently released a new catalogue for their complete line of davit cranes and winches.
Davit 's Weird World.
"I'm kinda on rock 'n' roll probation," says Davit Buck, of semi-defunct San Diego band the Homeless Sexuals, which at press time was scheduled to reunite its 2005 lineup on April 23 at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest.
Shipboard lifeboats — carried on davits aboard larger ships and generally associated with this type of craft — did not appear until later in the 19th century.
Schat-Harding has won a major contract to supply the lifeboats, davits and fast rescue craft to the Cunard newbuilding cruiseship Queen Mary II , under construction at France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard.
Lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding is making its global service network available to all shipowners by offering a fixed term multi-brand Fleet Service Agreement covering all lifeboats, davits, hooks and winches for any shipowner.
Adrenaline junkie Davit Melikyin is gearing up to join the US Army this February.
Born in Armenia and bred in America, Davit is ready to fight for his country, no matter what the consequence.