Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a strong post of wood or iron to which cables are made fast.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) See bitts.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To put round the bitts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb 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.
  • noun nautical A bollard

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

  • verb secure with a bitt
  • noun a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; akin to Old Norse biti, crossbeam.]

Examples

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  • July 17th, 2008 at 6: 33 am i'm in ff3 on a pc and it looks fine to me … must be mac ff3 users who are experiencing trouble? anyway, i like a cleaner look, personally … grungy sites are great for personal use, but i think the more professional sites look better without it. (however, i wouldn't be against seeing a 'bitt' more personalization here …)

    BittBox

  • July 17th, 2008 at 6: 33 am i'm in ff3 on a pc and it looks fine to me … must be mac ff3 users who are experiencing trouble? anyway, i like a cleaner look, personally … grungy sites are great for personal use, but i think the more professional sites look better without it. (however, i wouldn't be against seeing a 'bitt' more personalization here …)

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  • Oofty-Oofty took a turn on a bitt, the rope tautened, and the Ghost, lunging onward, jerked the cook to the surface.

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  • One man I noticed fetch up, head on and square on, with the starboard bitt.

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  • One man I noticed fetch up, head on and square on, with the starboard bitt.

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  • May 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm mai aiez, itt seemz, arre a bitt maor leek-proof den sum…butt ai agreez wiff yoo…

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  • See mangerboard, or bitts, for usage notes.

    February 23, 2008

  • as in bitt-er end

    January 9, 2009

  • "Tripping over this bollard wasn't much fun," said Tom bitterly.

    February 9, 2016