American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A device, such as a looped rope, hook and eye, strap, or grommet, used to hold or fasten loose ropes, spars, or oars in position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as becker.
- n. Nautical: A short piece of rope, with a knot at one end and an eye in the other, for temporarily confining ropes or small spars.
- n. A handle made of a rope grommet or ring.
- n. A wooden cleat or hook, fastened on the fore- or main-rigging of a ship, for the tacks and sheets to lie in when not in use.
- n. A rope grommet in the bottom of a block for securing the standing end of the fall.
- n. A cant term for a trousers-pocket.
- To fasten or provide with beckets.
- n. A large hook used in loading logs on cars by means of tackle.
- n. In marine hardware, a brass or iron ring forming a part of a metal block, the block and becket being cast in one piece.
- n. nautical A short piece of rope spliced to form a circle
- n. nautical The clevis of a pulley block.
- n. An eye in the end of a rope.
- n. A method of joining fabric, for example the doors of a tent, by interlacing loops of cord (beckets) through eyelet holes and adjacent loops.
- n. UK, dialect A spade for digging turf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A small grommet, or a ring or loop of rope or metal for holding things in position, as spars, ropes, etc.; also a bracket, a pocket, or a handle made of rope.
- n. Prov. Eng. A spade for digging turf.
- n. (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
- Compare Dutch bek ("beak") beak, and English beak. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In throwing them they make use of a becket, that is, a piece of stiff plaited cord about six inches long, with an eye in one end and a knot at the other.”
“Twas triced up in a-- a kind of becket, as you might say, made out of velvet -- yes, sir, by creepin ', velvet!”
“(“Voyages of Captain Cook round the World,” vol. i., chapter vi.) says that in the throwing of darts “they make use of the becket, that is, a piece of stiff plaited cord, about six inches long, with an eye in one end and a knot in the other.”
“Describing some of the arts of the inhabitants of Tanna, Cook ( "Voyages of Captain Cook round the World," vol. i., chapter vi.) says that in the throwing of darts "they make use of the becket, that is, a piece of stiff plaited cord, about six inches long, with an eye in one end and a knot in the other.”
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“They hold the dart between the thumb and the remaining finger, which serve only to give direction, the velocity being communicated by the becket and forefinger.”
“Hornblower took the glass from its becket and walked forward.”
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