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(naval architecture)
A short metal or wood post on the deck of a ship used to secure mooring or other lines; usually in a pair.
To secure a line about a ship's bitt.



or cleat, a double bollard fastened to the deck of a vessel; it is used for securing a mooring line (mooring bitt) or towline (towing bitt) tied in figure eights. Bitts are usually hollow and made of steel or cast iron. On sailing vessels they are equipped with pulleys for securing and tightening certain running rigging ropes.

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The Bitts Park concert will also see performances from Daniel Bedingfield, Girls Aloud and Mobo award winner Estelle.
The venue of the race was switched after Bitts Park, where it is normally held, was severely damaged in January's floods.
POP acts Daniel Bedingfield and Girls Aloud will perform at Carlisle's Bitts Park on August 7.
The water feature at Bitts Park includes pad-activated water jets, sprays and fountains whose computer systems had to be replaced after being submerged in the floods.
Carlisle City Council is looking for talented performers to star alongside Daniel Bedingfield and Girls Aloud at pop2thepark at Bitts Park on August 7.
Green Flags also went to Albert, Stewart and Pallister parks, Middlesbrough; Benwell Nature Park and Gosforth Central Park, Newcastle; Hexham Parks, Hexham; Mowbray and Roker parks, Sunderland; Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street; and Bitts Park, Carlisle.