- n. nautical A frame composed of two strong oak timbers (bitt-heads) fixed vertically in the fore part of a ship, bolted to the deck beams to which are secured the cables when the ship rides to anchor
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A frame of two strong timbers fixed perpendicularly in the fore part of a ship, on which to fasten the cables as the ship rides at anchor, or in warping. Other bitts are used for belaying (
belaying bitts), for sustaining the windlass ( carrick bitts, winch bitts, or windlass bitts), to hold the pawls of the windlass ( pawl bitts) etc.
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“The cable was then well stoppered at the "bitts," and unshackled; and two men stationed at the stopper, with axes, and the order to cut the lashings, instantly, when so ordered; the fore-staysail was loosed, and hands stationed at the halliards; and the chief engineer directed to keep up a full head of steam.”
“But Coutlass solved it in another way by jumping overboard, over his head in deep water, taking our hempen warp with him (I had made one end of it fast to the bitts, meaning to be able to find it in the dark).”
“bitts," a strong iron structure placed between the hawse and navel”
“I am safe in London, and have had several bitts of good fortune;”
“While this was being done, the boat plied back and forth between the two vessels, passing a heavy hawser, which was made fast to the great towing-bitts on the schooner's forecastle-head.”
“Her for'ard bitts, foremast, and most of her bow were gone, having been jerked out of her by her anchors.”
“But the anchors held, and so nobly that our final anxiety was that the for'ard bitts would be jerked clean out of the boat.”
“I, too, by this time, was standing on the big hawser-bitts in a position to see a man in the water who seemed deliberately swimming away from the ship.”
“Contact you dream? you listen? spoken word? jerry bitts | teeth”
“Categories: jerry bitts thomas mcgrath | death song poems”
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I'm wading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels one by one, and someday, I'll wade through them again and list all the words I learned while reading them.
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