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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bitts  \Bitts\,  n.  pl  [Cf.  F.  bitte,  Icel.  biti,  a  beam.  ?87.] 
  (Naut.) 
  A  frame  of  two  strong  timbers  fixed  perpendicularly  in  the 
  fore  part  of  a  ship,  on  which  to  fasten  the  cables  as  the 
  ship  rides  at  anchor,  or  in  warping.  Other  bitts  are  used  for 
  belaying  (belaying  bitts),  for  sustaining  the  windlass 
  (carrick  bitts,  winch  bitts,  or  windlass  bitts),  to  hold  the 
  pawls  of  the  windlass  (pawl  bitts)  etc 




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