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  1. Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.

verb (used with object)
  1. to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.

Origin of bitt

Middle English, perhaps <Dutch or Low German; compare Dutch, Low German beting, in same sense, akin to Middle High German bizze wooden peg, Old Norse biti crossbeam

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How to use bitt in a sentence

  • Finally a very small bird, tsina bitt kaiya patsrk, succeeded in carrying the bear.

    Pomo Bear Doctors | Samuel Alfred Barrett
  • From there they crawled forward over the raised deck, slipping the line, at last, between the two raised ends of the towing bitt.

  • But now young Halstead soon had a stout hitch about the towing bitt at the bow.

  • And that iryn bitt in mouth betakenis, that he suld refrenȝe his mouth fra bathe euill viciouse speche and euill thouchtis.

  • Mr. Duncan, who had come aboard just before we left the dock, was trying to sit on the weather bitt near the wheel-box.

    The Seiners | James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

British Dictionary definitions for bitt


/ (bɪt) nautical /

  1. one of a pair of strong posts on the deck of a ship for securing mooring and other lines

  2. another word for bollard (def. 1)

  1. (tr) to secure (a line) by means of a bitt

Origin of bitt

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse biti cross beam, Middle High German bizze wooden peg

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