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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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With both Bitt and Netki working together, central banks in their role as regulators and banks will have all the necessary identity information required for transactions.
With the investment, Bitt plans to move ahead with its objective of building a financial ecosystem across the region so as to remove friction from the money transfer operations across the countries.
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It's Arnold Bitts here buddy; just wanted to say how pleased I am that you're doing the gig for me.
Bitts Park play area, Carlisle, is undergoing a pounds 165,000 revamp.
It will be at Carlisle's Bitts Park and Victoria Park over the May bank holiday weekend, May 27 and 28.
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Carlisle City Council inspected Bitts Park at noon yesterday before giving the free event, which is expected to attract 35,000, the go-ahead.
The girls will dash from their Sunday morning TV appearance, arriving at Newcastle Airport with very little time to spare before their appearance at the Bitts Park gig.
CHILDREN in care will see some of their favourite bands ( including Girls Aloud, Daniel Bedingfield, Estelle and Bananarama ( at the Pop to the Park 2005 concert at Bitts Park, Carlisle on Sunday.