from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A final, painful, or disastrous extremity.
- n. Nautical The inboard end of a chain, rope, or cable, especially the end of a rope or cable that is wound around a bitt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. that part of an anchor cable which is abaft the bitts and thus remains inboard when a ship is riding at anchor
- n. The end of a long and difficult process.
- n. the final six fathoms of anchor chain before the point of attachment in the chain locker of modern U.S.naval vessels, with these six fathoms often painted blue, white and red to warn deck hands of the end of available anchor chain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
- n. the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be)
English bitter, bitt (bitt + -er1) + end. Sense 1, influenced by bitter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)