Definition of Cleat

1. Verb. Provide with cleats. "Cleat running shoes for better traction"

Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply

2. Noun. A metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping.
Specialized synonyms: Calk, Calkin
Group relationships: Cleats
Generic synonyms: Projection

3. Verb. Secure on a cleat. "Cleat a line"
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure

4. Noun. A fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured.
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast

5. Noun. A strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached.
Generic synonyms: Strip

Definition of Cleat

1. n. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.

2. v. t. To strengthen with a cleat.

Definition of Cleat

1. Noun. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc. ¹

2. Noun. A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components. ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release. ¹

4. Noun. A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.) ¹

5. Verb. To strengthen with a cleat. ¹

6. Verb. (nautical) To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat ¹

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Definition of Cleat

1. to strengthen with a strip of wood or iron [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cleat

cleat (current term)
cleavage cavity
cleavage cell
cleavage division
cleavage furrows
cleavage lines
cleavage product
cleavage site
cleavage spindle

Literary usage of Cleat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Farm Blacksmithing: A Textbook and Problem Book for Students in Agricultural by John Frank Friese (1921)
"ROPE cleat This rope cleat, Plate 5, is of small size. ... How to Make the Rope cleat 1. On each end draw a blunted square point 2J^ inches long. ..."

2. The Theory and Design of Structures: A Text-book for the Use of Students by Ewart Sigmund Andrews (1908)
"cleat CONNECTIONS FOR I BEAMS.—I beams are connected together by means of cleat connections. Standard dimensions for such connections may be obtained from ..."

3. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1901)
"The ABC principles, upon which electrical science is built, are set forth in a cleat ana concise manner. The information . it contains is valuable and ..."

4. Ruling Case Law as Developed and Established by the Decisions and by William Mark McKinney, Burdett Alberto Rich (1917)
"... and held from slipping by a cleat nailed to the platform, which is moved about from car to car as needed, is not a "way" and therefore that the employer ..."

5. A Practical Treatise on the Manufacture of Bricks, Tiles, Terra-cotta, Etc. by Charles Thomas Davis (1884)
"Section if cleat for Moulder'i table Toil of table m both hands. Having done this, he takes an instrument, somewhat resembling a plasterer's trowel, ..."

6. The Kedge-anchor; Or, Young Sailors' Assistant: Or, Young Sailors' Assistant by William N. Brady (1864)
"A HORN cleat. Horn cleats are used for different purposes ; some are made to ... A B-cleat Is a piece of wood scored out inside, something like the letter ..."

7. The Electrical Engineer (1893)
"The outside cleat for each pair of rails is placed square with the arch, but the inner one is riveted on at an angle so as to Electric Railway In Front of ..."

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