bitt

bitt

[bit] Nautical.
noun
1.
Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.

Origin:
Middle English, perhaps < Dutch or Low German; compare Dutch, Low German beting, in same sense, akin to Middle High German bizze wooden peg, Old Norse biti crossbeam

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bitt (bɪt)
 
n
1.  one of a pair of strong posts on the deck of a ship for securing mooring and other lines
2.  another word for bollard
 
vb
3.  (tr) to secure (a line) by means of a bitt
 
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse biti cross beam, Middle High German bizze wooden peg]

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