• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Bitts (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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bitts bits a frame in the forepart of a ship round which the cables are passed when the vessel rides at anchor.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. bitte, Icel. biti, a beam. 87


In literature:

Make fast to the bitts, French, but don't foul it with the towline.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
A single turn of cable is often taken round the bitts when anchoring in deep water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I had quitted the gangway, where there was no hold, and had repaired to the main bitts, behind the stump of the main-mast.
"Percival Keene" by Frederick Marryat
Her for'ard bitts, foremast, and most of her bow were gone, having been jerked out of her by her anchors.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Cadogan, having found his coat, laid it on a bitt near by while he should launch his little raft.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Set of the bitt 40 36.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Mr Bitts had, by some means or other, discovered how Lord Reginald behaved to Dick, but had not actually seen him struck.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Regardless of the animal's needs, he leaves all its caparison on, even to the bitt between its teeth.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Look at that outlaw down there by the bitts.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Like the chinking of a bitt curb?
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

My eyes are red, my lips are blue
My ears frost bitt'n;
Thy numbing kiss doth e'en extend
Thro' my mitten.
"To Winter" by Eugene O Neill
Red, from mainmast to bitts!
Red, on bulwark and wale—
Red, by combing and hatch—
Red, o'er netting and rail!
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Kyng Estmere he light off his steede,
Up att the fayre hall board;
The frothe that came from his brydle bitte
Light on Kyng Bremors beard.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
Though sweet, as honey, is thy word
To ev'ry pious soul, O Lord!
Yet, to my taste, 'twas bitt'rer far
Than nauseous draughts of wormwood are.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Franco-center goes German: 'Zwei bier , bitte,' (2 beers, please).
The Dirty Projectors No Intention No Intention + Bitte Orca Domino.
Bitte Kai Rand from Denmark.
Dirty Projectors Two Doves Bitte Orca Domino.
Germany's historic churches, bitte schön.
The buzz surrounding the Dirty Projectors latest album Swing Lo Magellan , which follows 2009's Bitte Orca, is that it is the band's attempt at an album that is more accessible to audiences.
The much-anticipated followup to Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors' 2009 art-rock breakthrough, is billed as "simple and direct".
Dirty Projector's breakthrough 2009 album Bitte Orca put the band into the spotlight of the indie world.
On Bitte Orca , The Dirty Projectors swirl more pop charm than usual into their erratic sound.
This Brooklyn sextet – who dominated the grad student/barista scene with 2009's Bitte Orca – are off their springy game on this new single.

In science:

Alberto! – Oh sere, passare a studiare le formule dell’avvenire, passate a cercar di capire, sapendo pur sol balbettare ja, bitte, Forel le e Kartoffel quei fogli di stampa ancor fresca, riempiti di lingua tedesca, e i simboli di E.B.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics