from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Similar to a belaying pin but of heavier scantlings; a turned length of wood or metal passed through the bitts or cross-piece, used to prevent the cable from slipping off or over the bitt-heads yet removable so as to facilitate doing so.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a large iron pin placed in the head of the cable-bitts to prevent the chain from jumping off while veering. See cut under bitt-stopper.
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