from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a stopper or heavy rope put on to relieve the regular stopper when at anchor in a heavy sea, or to bitt the cable or fleet the messenger.


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  • "'See, they undo the deck-stoppers, or dog-stoppers as some superficial observers call them—they loosen the starboard cable, the cable on the right-hand side—they throw off the turn about the riding-bitts! What force and dexterity!'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 64

    March 3, 2008