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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

  • n. 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 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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