Bitts
Bitts Bitts, n. pl. [Cf. F. bitte, Icel. biti, a beam. ?87.] (Naut.) A frame of two strong timbers fixed perpendicularly in the fore part of a ship, on which to fasten the cables as the ship rides at anchor, or in warping. Other bitts are used for belaying (belaying bitts), for sustaining the windlass (carrick bitts, winch bitts, or windlass bitts), to hold the pawls of the windlass (pawl bitts) etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • bitts — n.pl. Naut. a pair of posts on the deck of a ship, for fastening cables etc. Etymology: ME prob. f. LG: cf. LG & Du. beting * * * plural of bitt present third singular of bitt * * * [bits] plural n. a pair of posts on the deck of a ship for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bitts — noun A frame composed of two strong oak timbers (bitt heads) fixed vertically in the fore part of a ship, bolted to the deck beams to which are secured the cables when the ship rides to anchor …   Wiktionary

  • bitts — posts mounted on a ship for fastening ropes Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • bitts — n. strong post on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bitts —   n.pl. pl. pairs of posts on deck of ship for fastening ropes …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Carrick bitts — Carrick Car rick, n. (Naut.) A carack. See {Carack}. [1913 Webster] {Carrick bend} (Naut.), a kind of knot, used for bending together hawsers or other ropes. {Carrick bitts} (Naut.), the bitts which support the windlass. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gallows bitts — Gallows Gal lows, n. sing.; pl. {Gallowses}or {Gallows}. [OE. galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D. galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. g[=a]lgi, Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • riding bitts — noun plural Etymology: riding (III) : massive bitts formerly used to secure the anchor cables of a ship riding at anchor …   Useful english dictionary

  • towing-bitts — towˈing bitts plural noun Upright timbers projecting above eg a ship s deck for fastening towlines to • • • Main Entry: ↑tow …   Useful english dictionary

  • gallows bitts — gallows bitts, a frame on the deck of a ship for supporting spare topmasts, spars, and the like …   Useful english dictionary

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