Bight (geography)

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In geography, a bight is a bend or curve in any geographical feature such as a coast, or a large (and often only slightly receding) bay.[1] 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[edit]


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