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  • n. The end of a rope that is not used to make a knot.


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  • Eagle Peak, nearly four thousand feet above the Valley, peeping over the heads of its two younger brothers, was directly opposite as I stood in my door; while I had only to move out of the range of a group of pine trees to see the greatest (at that season) of the four principal falls: the Yosemite, that is to say, with its first stupendous free plunge of fifteen or sixteen hundred feet, a height equal (so my Yankee-bred imagination dealt with the matter) to that of six or seven Bunker Hill monuments standing end on end.

    On Foot in the Yosemite


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  • A ropeworker's term referring to the end of a rope not involved in making a knot, often shown as unfinished. The opposite end is called the bitter end, the end that is tied off. A bitt is a metal block with a crosspin, found on docks and used for attaching lines.

    January 14, 2008