any of the strong deck posts, usually in pairs, around which ropes or cables are wound and held fast, as in mooring
Origin of bittfrom Old Norse biti, crossbeam
A vertical post, usually one of a pair, set on the deck of a ship and used to secure ropes or cables.
transitive verbbitt·ed, bitt·ing, bitts
To wind (a cable) around a bitt.
Origin of bittPerhaps of Dutch or Low German origin Old Norse biti crossbeam
- (nautical) The bitts.
- (nautical) A bollard.
(third-person singular simple present bitts, present participle bitting, simple past and past participle bitted)
- (nautical) To put round the bitts.
- to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away