Definition of davit in English:



  • A small crane on board a ship, especially one of a pair for suspending or lowering a lifeboat.

    ‘The main points of interest on the three deck levels are the railings, lifeboat davits and companionways.’
    • ‘These were flat-bottomed craft with a shallow draft, and were lowered from the davits of larger troop-carrying merchantmen, like lifeboats.’
    • ‘The ship is lying on an even keel and swimming from the stern will take the diver under the lifeboat davits, past the galley and engine room doors and up the ladders to the chart room.’
    • ‘The man made it to the deck, but because of the steep pitch of the now sinking ship, the lifeboat swung in its davits and struck him in the head.’
    • ‘With empty lifeboat davits, rows of portholes, and a great deal of superstructure to photograph, our short decompression dive didn't really do this wreck justice.’
    • ‘He thought the ‘Mast Wreck ‘was the one with all the davits, but then, all ships have davits.’
    • ‘On deck was a complete section of superstructure, probably the accommodation block, and beside it a lifeboat davit encrusted in coral.’
    • ‘HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark will each carry four LCVPs on davits on the superstructure of the ships.’
    • ‘Yellow lifeboats are ready for hoisting onto their davits; each is a miniature ship - two stories high, 30 feet long.’
    • ‘Towards the port and lower side of the wreck, a pair of boat davits stand empty.’
    • ‘As he finished fastening the dinghy in its davits Rose came alongside.’
    • ‘Standard equipment includes a 500-lb, capacity davit for raising and lowering a dinghy to the flybridge.’
    • ‘The 50-year-old Ukrainian was injured when a lifeboat he was in became insecure on its davits and dropped about 2ft while his ship was moored at Parkeston Quay.’
    • ‘Davits on either side of the superstructure secure two Landing Craft Vehicular and Personnel craft.’
    • ‘The two boarding and rescue craft are VT Halmatic Pacific 22 MkII boats, with dedicated single-man operation davits and RIB tracking systems.’
    • ‘After reaching the first super-structures, continue for about 15m on to the poop deck, where you'll see the two davits.’
    • ‘The Umbria now lies on its side in 24m on Wingate Reef, its starboard-side davits still breaking the surface.’
    • ‘They found deficiencies in many areas… from holes in the main firefighting system, to inoperable fire doors, to davits that wouldn't launch liferafts.’
    • ‘During the second week our shot line was on the giant davits in the area of the fourth funnel.’
    • ‘This action results from some of the on-board innovations such as an auxiliary winch to deploy the main winch, chain / davit hoists for heavy equipment/machinery and a grease operated track adjuster.’
    system of pulleys, hoisting gear, pulley, hoist, block and tackle, crane, winch, davit, windlass, sheave



/ˈdāvət/ /ˈdeɪvət/ /ˈdavət/ /ˈdævət/


Late 15th century from Old French daviot, diminutive of david, denoting a kind of carpenter's tool.