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bitt

[bit]
(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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