cleat

noun
\ˈklēt \

Definition of cleat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a : 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

verb
cleated; cleating; cleats

Definition of cleat (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Source: Thai government, staff reports When the team entered the Tham Luang Cave, some left their soccer cleats and backpacks with their bicycles outside. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Crews Race to Drain Thai Cave Where Youth Soccer Team Is Trapped," 4 July 2018 The boys' bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats remained at the entrance. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Power line put in Thai cave to help search for missing boys," 25 June 2018 The rear floor lifted up to reveal extra storage for wet items such as muddy soccer cleats. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Rogue proves to be a popular compact crossover for US consumers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 With the defense discombobulated, Neymar abruptly did a U-turn into the box like a Russian cabdriver evading traffic and glided unfettered into the open space just in time to slide a cross from Willian across the goal line with his yellow cleat. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Brazil’s Joy Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in World Cup Knockout," 4 July 2018 Rizzo snuck his left leg out a little bit on the slide and appeared to hit him with his cleat. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Watch: Anthony Rizzo Slides Into Home, Clips Pirates Catcher Elias Diaz in the Leg," 28 May 2018 Farmer kept digging at the mound with his cleat after the initial visit by Teeter. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Buck Farmer day-to-day after leaving game with left hip spasms," 9 Apr. 2018 Searchers find bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats left at the cave entrance. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Thailand Cave Rescue: A Visual Guide," 6 July 2018 Bicycles, backpacks, and soccer cleats left behind by the boys remained at the entrance of the cave. Tassanee Vejpongsa, BostonGlobe.com, "12 boys, coach missing in flooded Thailand cave," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Robust Glendale Juniors baseball tournament ends with cancelation," 24 May 2018 Abby Cavaiani put her soccer cleats back on this spring for the first time in years. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine grad Cavaiani continues impressive rise as she qualifies for Junior PGA Championship for second straight year," 6 July 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "US, UK teams join Thailand's search for 13 missing in cave," 28 June 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Houston Chronicle, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. Washington Post, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. NBC News, "Rescue of Thai soccer team trapped in cave complicated by heavy rains," 27 June 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Houston Chronicle, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. NBC News, "Rescue of Thai soccer team trapped in cave complicated by heavy rains," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of cleat

Noun

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

Verb

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cleat

Noun

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

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cleat

noun

English Language Learners 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

cleat

noun
\ˈklēt \

Kids Definition of cleat

1 : a wooden or metal device used to fasten a line or a rope

2 : a strip or projection fastened to the bottom of a shoe to prevent slipping

3 cleats plural : shoes equipped with cleats

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