[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. bitrochanteric,
  2. bitser,
  3. bitstock,
  4. bitstream,
  5. bitsy,
  6. bitten,
  7. bitter,
  8. bitter almond,
  9. bitter almond oil,
  10. bitter apple

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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