gallows-bitts definition

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    • Nautical, on men-of-war, a set of strong frames of pine produced in the type of a gallows, fixed between the fore and main hatchways, with concave cross-beams labeled as gallows-tops tenoned on to the uprights, to support extra topmasts, yards, booms, boats, etc. Also referred to as gallows, gallows-frame, gallows-stanchions.
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