• WordNet 3.6
    • v bitt secure with a bitt "bitt the ship line"
    • n bitt a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines) "the road was closed to vehicular traffic with bollards"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bitt (Naut) See Bitts.
    • v. t Bitt (Naut) To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bitt Nautical, a strong post of wood or iron to which cables are made fast. Bitts are fastened to the deck, generally in pairs, and are named according to their uses: as, riding-bitts, towing-bitts, windlass-bitts, etc.
    • bitt Nautical, to put round the bitts: as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to let it out gradually. The latter process is called veering away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bitt bit (naut.) to fasten round the Bitts (q.v.).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bitts


In literature:

Our steamer was headed up the stream, and held by a single hawser leading to the bowsprit-bitts.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Miss Proctor perched on the bitts, while the men stood or leaned near at hand.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
The bitts which support the ends or spindles of the windlass, whence they are also called windlass-bitts.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was like slugging a windlass bitt; for he leaned partly forward, and hardly budged under the blow.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
To John Shakespeare for fourteen bittes, guilt silvered and chased, at L5 10s.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Bitts, the carpenter, and Leach, the sailmaker, placed themselves beside the boatswain, as the Norwegian picked himself up.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Throw me a line and I'll make it fast to my stern bitts.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
The bowsprit is on the starboard side, for this allows you to use the light hand with the chain cable in the bitts.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
Passen Sie along, bitte!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 14, 1914" by Various
But now young Halstead soon had a stout hitch about the towing bitt at the bow.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock

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