[ bit ]
/ bɪt /


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)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bitt


/ (bɪt) nautical /


one of a pair of strong posts on the deck of a ship for securing mooring and other lines
another word for bollard (def. 1)


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

Word Origin for bitt

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