bitts definition

  • noun:
    • A frame made up of two powerful pine timbers (bitt-heads) fixed vertically when you look at the fore part of a ship, bolted to the deck beams that are guaranteed the cables if the ship trips to anchor
  • noun-plural:
    • A-frame of two powerful timbers fixed perpendicularly within the fore part of a ship, by which to fasten the cables once the ship trips 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 keep the pawls regarding the windlass (pawl bitts) etc.

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