- 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.
- 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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Examples from the Web for bitt
A small silver coin of the West Indies, six of which make a bitt.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The bitt for the bowsprit to be stepped in runs through the deck and into the keelson.
The hawser had but just been loosened from the bitt when the drag of the waters began.A Runaway Brig;
Keep one turn round the bitt, and heave in on it when the painter slacks.The Cruise of the Dazzler
Bitt′ers, a liquid prepared from bitter herbs or roots, and used as a stomachic.
- 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
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse biti cross beam, Middle High German bizze wooden peg
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