bitts

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English[edit]

Mooring bitts on board SS Shieldhall, a preserved steamship.

Etymology[edit]

Middle English, probably of Low German or North Germanic origin, and the English form a corruption or contraction, from Old Norse biti, probably ultimately from a variant of Proto-Germanic *bitiz. Compare Swedish beting and Danish beding.

Noun[edit]

bitts pl (plural only)

  1. (nautical, plural only) 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

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Verb[edit]

bitts

  1. second-person singular present indicative of bidden