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broad bend or curve in a coastline, forming a large open bay. The New York bight, for example, is the curve in the coast described by the southern shore of Long Island and the eastern shore of New Jersey. The term bight may also refer to the bay so formed.
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A long, gradual bend or recess in the coastline which forms a large, open receding bay.
A bend in a river or mountain range.
An indentation in shelf ice, fast ice, or a floe.
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a wide indentation of a shoreline, or the body of water bounded by such a curve


the Austral informal the major indentation of the S coast of Australia, from Cape Pasley in W Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in S Australia
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It partially broke up and crashed into the waters of the Great Australian Bight bay some 186 miles  west-southwest of Mount Gambier.
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In regards to larval abundance, larvae are generally observed most frequently south of the Southern California Bight (SCB) (the faunal region of ocean extending from mid Baja California northward to Point Conception, CA) in the areas around Sebastian Viscaino and San Juanico bays off the coast of Baja California.
Oil giants BP, Chevron and Statoil are chasing more than $100 billion of potential oil resources in the Great Australian Bight and have told a Senate inquiry that if they are allowed to drill the benefits could match those delivered by the Bass Strait oil and gas fields over the past 40 years.
The winner of this year's prize is Frances Leviston's "Mothers and Marimbas in 'The Bight': Bishop's Danse Macabre!' The judge is Brian McHale, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University.
The 5-mile stretch of inshore water known as the Canaveral Bight, which starts at the mouth of the port and extends north to the tip of Cape Canaveral, is a top spot for a variety of fall and winter catches.
The company will start its deep-water drill campaign in the Great Australian Bight in 2016, Holmes said.
(CHEC) for the development of a transshipment hub in the Portland Bight, reports JIS (April 2, 2014).