A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; called also the fish davit.

Curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; called also boat davits.

Origin: Cf. F. Davier forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. David davit; all probably from the proper name David.

(01 Mar 1998)

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