ghat

/gawt, got/, n. (in India)
1. a wide set of steps descending to a river, esp. a river used for bathing.
2. a mountain pass.
3. a mountain range or escarpment.
Also, ghaut.
[1595-1605; < Hindi ghat < Skt ghatta]

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also spelled  Gat  

      oasis, southwestern Libya, near the Algerian border. Located on an ancient Saharan caravan route, it was a slave-trading centre and the object of European exploration in the 19th century. Ghāt lies west of the Wadi Tanezzuft in hilly sandstone country, near the Jibāl Mountains and the Tadrārt plateau. A nearby offshoot of the mountains, Idinen, is a legendary fortress of ghosts. The town is walled and compact, with white houses, narrow alleyways, and covered arcades. It is inhabited by Tuareg peoples. Water, supplied by springs, is strictly controlled by customary law. Palm groves and gardens yielding cereals and vegetables lie outside the walls; livestock are grazed along the nearby wadis; and artisan industries produce rugs, baskets, and leather goods. Pop. (2003 est.) 22,800.

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  • Ghat — Ghât Ghâts sur les rives du Gange à Vârânasî Le mot ghât marches désigne en Inde les marches qui recouvrent les rives des cours d eau ou les berges des bassins ou tanks et permettent de descendre au contact de l eau. Par extension, ghât est aussi …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ghat — ● ghat nom masculin (mot sanskrit) En Inde, escalier sur les rives d un fleuve. ghât [gat] n. m. ÉTYM. Fin XIXe, Encycl. Berthelot; mot hindi, par l anglais ghat, 1877. ❖ ♦ (Généralt au plur.). En Inde, Grands escaliers sur les rives du Gange,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ghat — Ghaut Ghaut, n. [Hind. gh[=a]t.] [1913 Webster] 1. A pass through a mountain. [India] J. D. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. A range of mountains. Balfour (Cyc. of Ind. ). [1913 Webster] 3. Stairs descending to a river; a landing place; a wharf. [India] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ghat — or ghaut [gôt, gät] n. [Hindi ghāṫ] in India, a) a mountain pass b) a flight of steps leading down to a river landing for ritual bathers …   English World dictionary

  • Ghat — Ghat, 1) (seltener Gat), großes Gebirge auf der Vorderindischen Halbinsel (Südasien); die Westlichen Ghats laufen fast parallel mit der Westküste, steigen selten über 3000 Fuß, erreichen im Süden im Nilgherrygebirge (Blaue Berge) ihre größte Höhe …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ghat — (Rhat), Oase in der nördlichen Sahara, im südwestlichen Fezzan, zwischen dem Tassiliplateau im W. und der Akakuskette im O., unter 24°57 nördl. Br. u. 10°12 östl. L., 726 m ü. M., 915 km von Tripolis, mit 8000 Einw. Die Stadt G. ist von einer… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Ghat [2] — Ghāt (Rhāt), Oase in der mittlern Sahara, südwestl. von Fessan, 4000 E., mit Negern vermischte Berbern …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • ghat — also ghaut, from Hindi, “pass, mountain,” from Skt. ghattah landing place, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

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