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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strip of wood or iron used to strengthen or support the surface to which it is attached.
  • n. A projecting piece of metal or hard rubber attached to the underside of a shoe to provide traction.
  • n. A pair of shoes with such projections on the soles.
  • n. A piece of metal or wood having projecting arms or ends on which a rope can be wound or secured.
  • n. A wedge-shaped piece of material, such as wood, that is fastened onto something, such as a spar, to act as a support or prevent slippage.
  • n. A spurlike device used in gripping a tree or pole in climbing.
  • transitive v. To supply, support, secure, or strengthen with a cleat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
  • n. A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components.
  • n. A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release.
  • n. A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.)
  • v. To strengthen with a cleat.
  • v. To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
  • n. A device made of wood or metal, having two arms, around which turns may be taken with a line or rope so as to hold securely and yet be readily released. It is bolted by the middle to a deck or mast, etc., or it may be lashed to a rope.
  • transitive v. To strengthen with a cleat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. . The burdock.
  • n. Butter-bur.
  • n. . Nautical:
  • n. A piece of wood or iron consisting of a bar with arms, to which ropes are belayed.
  • n. A piece of wood nailed down to secure something from slipping.
  • n. A piece of iron fastened under a shoe to preserve the sole.
  • n. A piece of wood nailed on transversely to a piece of joinery for the purpose of securing it in its proper position or of strengthening it.
  • n. A strip nailed or otherwise secured across a board, post, etc., for any purpose, as for supporting the end of a shelf.
  • n. A trunnion-bracket on a gun-carriage.
  • To strengthen with a cleat or cleats.
  • n. In coalmining, the principal set of cleavage-planes by which the coal is divided.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. secure on a cleat
  • n. a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured
  • n. a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
  • n. a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
  • v. provide with cleats

Etymologies

Middle English clete, from Old English *clēat, lump, wedge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English clete, from Old English clēat, from Proto-Germanic *klautaz (“firm lump”), from Proto-Indo-European *glei- (“to glue, stick together, form into a ball”). Cognate with Dutch kloot and German Kloß. See also clay and clout. (Wiktionary)

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