Bight (geography)

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In geography, bight has two meanings. A bight can be simply a bend or curve in any geographical feature,[1] usually a coast. Alternatively, the term can refer to a large (and often only slightly receding) bay. It is distinguished from a sound by being shallower. Traditionally, explorers defined a bight as a bay that could be sailed out of on a single tack in a square-rigged sailing vessel, regardless of the direction of the wind (typically meaning the apex of the bight is less than 25 degrees from the edges).

Prominent bights


  1. "bight" Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.


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