bitts Naut. a pair of posts on the deck of a ship, for fastening cables etc.
Etymology: ME prob. f. LG: cf. LG & Du. beting

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plural of bitt
present third singular of bitt

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plural n. a pair of posts on the deck of a ship for fastening mooring lines or cables
Middle English: probably of Low German origin

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bitts, n.
Naut.: see bitt n.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Gallows bitts — Gallows Gal lows, n. sing.; pl. {Gallowses}or {Gallows}. [OE. galwes, pl., AS. galga, gealga, gallows, cross; akin to D. galg gallows, OS. & OHG. galgo, G. galgen, Icel. g[=a]lgi, Sw. & Dan. galge, Goth. galga a cross. Etymologically and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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