Definition of bitts :
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.
- Master Bitts returned angrily. - "Penrod and Sam", Booth Tarkington.
- Another turn around the bitts!" - "Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon or, The Longest Shots on Record", Victor Appleton.
- The lad he'd relieved jumps up from where he'd been napping beside the bitts, and runs forward. - "The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales", Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.