noun \ˈklēt\

: a metal or wooden object that is attached to something (such as a boat or dock) and around which a rope can be tied

: a piece of rubber, wood, or metal that is fastened to the bottom of a shoe or boot to prevent slipping

cleats : shoes that have cleats on them

Full Definition of CLEAT

a :  a wedge-shaped piece fastened to or projecting from something and serving as a support or check
b :  a wooden or metal fitting usually with two projecting horns around which a rope may be made fast
a :  a strip fastened across something to give strength or hold in position
b (1) :  a projecting piece (as on the bottom of a shoe) that furnishes a grip
(2) plural :  shoes equipped with cleats

Examples of CLEAT

  1. a football player wearing cleats

Origin of CLEAT

Middle English clete wedge, from Old English *clēat; akin to Middle High German klōz lump — more at clout
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

Definition of CLEAT

:  to secure to or by a cleat
:  to provide with a cleat

First Known Use of CLEAT



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