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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.


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.


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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On the fourth day I was lying in the sun behind the stringer-piece of the wharf, when I saw a skiff leave the distant shore and pull out into the bight.
Big Alec has a Chinese line out in the bight off Turner's Shipyard," Charley Le Grant said that afternoon to Carmintel.
Fully a month had passed, and we were constantly up and down the river, and down and up the bay, with no spare moments to devote to the particular fisherman who ran a Chinese line in the bight of Turner's Shipyard.
As the bight at Turner's Shipyard opened out, Charley edged into it to get the smoother water.
Yet amongst all the adventurers shipwrecked in all the wild parts of the world there is not one, it seems to me, that ever had to suffer a fate so simply tragic as the man I am speaking of, the most innocent of adventurers cast out by the sea in the bight of this bay, almost within sight from this very window.
The bight of the pack-rope under the dead man's shoulders enabled him to heave the body out of the hole.
My father and mother were Danes, and how they ever came to that bleak bight of land on the west coast I do not know.
Shallow, flooded bights like Tom's Bight or Crab Key Bight will hold hordesof hungry redfish throughout the month.
Six per cent of the population took four or more international bights from Britain last year, with those aged 40 to 59 bying the most
The voters have said that we're ending the era of race preference in the state of Michigan," says Doug Tietz, campaign manager for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a group backed by conservative African American businessman Ward Connerly's American Civil Bights Institute, which was successful in getting California to adopt the affirmative action ban.
Colombia has signed the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the International Covenant on Political and Civil Bights, and the American Convention for Human Rights, all treaties that guarantee women the right to life, health and equality.
face tremendous hurdles, from immigration detention to the lack of legal representation to a new law that will make it even tougher for them to receive protection," Eleanor Acer, director of Human Bights First's Asylum Program, told Sojourners.