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Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.
to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.
Historical Examples

The Secret of the Island W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Harper’s Young People, February 1, 1881 Various
A Gunner Aboard the “Yankee” Russell Doubleday
A Runaway Brig; James Otis
Ocean’s Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries Edward Rowland
The Cruise of the Dazzler Jack London
Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

one of a pair of strong posts on the deck of a ship for securing mooring and other lines
another word for bollard (sense 1)
(transitive) to secure (a line) by means of a bitt


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