cleat

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noun

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
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)
cleats plural : shoes equipped with cleats

cleat

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verb

cleated; cleating; cleats

transitive verb

1
: to secure to or by a cleat
2
: to provide with a cleat

Examples of cleat in a Sentence

Noun a football player wearing cleats
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Photos show the people cutting through the statue near its base, leaving nothing but Robinson’s bronze baseball cleats. Morgan Chesky, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 The Philadelphia Eagles center held a press conference to announce his retirement from the league after 13 years on the team Jason Kelce has officially hung up his cleats and retired from the NFL. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 The San Francisco 49ers all-pro receiver happened to look at his feet and noticed that a ladybug was attached to one of his cleats. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Eventually, Fleenor landed the helicopter atop the glacier and handed me a pair of ice cleats to slide over my boots. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Jan. 2024 Detroit’s City Walls program sources local artists to paint the cleats, which will be auctioned off with proceeds sent toward a charity of the artist’s choice. Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2024 Attach the angle cleats at the mark and below the cubbies with 1-5/8-inch screws for support. ​​​​​​ Step 7: Attach DIY Mailboxes Add house numbers to the fronts and sides of your mailboxes. Lucy Fitzgerald, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 Golden is also based in Missouri and runs Ozell Brand, making shoes and cleats. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 His presence has become so ingrained into the culture, in fact, that even if Smith decides to hang up the cleats for good, his legacy will live on long after he’s gone. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, 9 Jan. 2024
Verb
To put it plainly: the GOP still hasn’t learned that its dancing partner is wearing boots cleated with arsenic. Philip Elliott, Time, 10 July 2023 Offensive tackle Michael Wooten warmed up with the limited group but had full pads and cleats on. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2023 Attach the angle cleats at the mark and below the cubbies with 1-5/8-inch screws for support. Lucy Wendel, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2020 In 2018, James gifted OSU football players black his signature Nike Soldier XII cleats for the team’s game against Nebraska. Joey Morona, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2019 In 2018, James gifted OSU football players his black signature Nike Soldier XII cleats for the team’s game against Nebraska. cleveland, 24 Dec. 2019 Lopez is a shoe designer on the side, and Betts, who is sponsored by Jordan Brand, wanted three customized Jordan XIII cleats from him. Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2019 Vikings safety Anthony Harris, who enrolled at Virginia a year after Love’s death, also has worn One Love Foundation cleats each of the past two seasons. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, 8 July 2019 The Elks defeated the Red Sox, 11-6, in a game that offered a double whammy to La Cañada, which had a player ejected and suspended for allegedly cleating an Elks player on a play at first base. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, 24 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English clete wedge, from Old English *clēat; akin to Middle High German klōz lump — more at clout

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleat was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cleat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleat. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cleat

noun
ˈklēt
1
: a wooden or metal device around which a rope may be made fast
2
: a strip or projection fastened on or across something (as a shoe) to give strength or a place to hold or to prevent slipping

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