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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vertical post, usually one of a pair, set on the deck of a ship and used to secure ropes or cables.
  • transitive v. To wind (a cable) around a bitt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away.
  • n. A bollard

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See bitts.
  • transitive v. To put round the bitts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to put round the bitts: as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to let it out gradually. The latter process is called veering away.
  • n. Nautical, a strong post of wood or iron to which cables are made fast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. secure with a bitt
  • n. a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)

Etymologies

Perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; akin to Old Norse biti, crossbeam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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