a. A loop in a rope.
b. The middle or slack part of an extended rope.
a. A bend or curve, especially in a shoreline.
b. A wide bay formed by such a bend or curve.
[Middle English, bend, angle, from Old English byht; see bheug- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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