Cleat



a wedge-shaped block fastened to a surface to serve as a check or support:
He nailed cleats into the sides of the bookcase to keep the supports from slipping.
a strip of metal, wood, or the like, fastened across a surface, as a ramp or gangway, to provide sure footing or to maintain an object in place.
a strip of wood, metal, etc., fastened across a surface, as of a plank or series of adjacent planks, for strength or support.
a conical or rectangular projection, usually of hard rubber, or a metal strip with sharp projections, built into or attached to the sole of a shoe to provide greater traction.
a shoe fitted with such projections.
a metal plate fastened to the sole or heel of a shoe, to protect against wear.
Shipbuilding. a hook-shaped piece of metal supporting a small structural member.
Also called belaying cleat. Nautical. an object of wood or metal having one or two projecting horns to which ropes may be belayed, especially as fixed to the deck, bulkhead, or stanchion of a vessel.
the cleavage plane of coal as found in a mine.
to supply or strengthen with cleats; fasten to or with a cleat.
Historical Examples

Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
Boys’ Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove Spencer Davenport
“Captains Courageous” Rudyard Kipling
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4 Various
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
The Battleship Boys in Foreign Service Frank Gee Patchin
Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages Roger Thompson Finlay

noun
a wedge-shaped block, usually of wood, attached to a structure to act as a support
a device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc
a short length of angle iron used as a bracket
a piece of metal, leather, etc, attached to the sole of a shoe to prevent wear or slipping
a small triangular-shaped nail used in glazing
any of the main cleavage planes in a coal seam
verb (transitive)
to supply or support with a cleat or cleats
to secure (a line) on a cleat
n.

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