Origin of bittfrom Old Norse biti, crossbeam
any of the strong deck posts, usually in pairs, around which ropes or cables are wound and held fast, as in mooring
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
- Walsingham had long been convinced, like parliament and the majority of Englishmen, of the necessity of removing Mary; bitt it was only the discovery of Babington's plot that enabled him to bring pressure enough to bear upon Elizabeth to ensure Mary's execution.
- He did not indeed declare war against France; bitt he sought to set a limit to her conquests in the winter, though he had not sought to set a limit to the conquests of the allied sovereigns in the preceding summer.