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cleat

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noun \ˈklēt\

Simple Definition of cleat

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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


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cleat

verb

Definition of cleat

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to secure to or by a cleat

  3. 2 :  to provide with a cleat



1794

First Known Use of cleat

1794


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