bitt

noun
\ ˈbit How to pronounce bitt (audio) \

Definition of bitt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a post or pair of posts fixed on the deck of a ship for securing lines

bitt

verb
bitted; bitting; bitts

Definition of bitt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (a cable) fast about a bitt

First Known Use of bitt

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bitt

Noun

probably from Middle French bitte, ultimately from Old Norse biti beam

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“Bitt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bitt. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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