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cleat

noun \ ˈklēt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cleat

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

Examples of cleat in a Sentence

  1. a football player wearing cleats

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Origin and Etymology of cleat

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


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cleat

verb

Definition of cleat

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

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First Known Use of cleat

1794


CLEAT Defined for English Language Learners

cleat

noun

Definition of cleat for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cleat

noun \ ˈklēt \

Definition of cleat for Students

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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