Pronunciation Noun

cleat (plural cleats)

  1. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 35
      [...] the people of that island erected lofty spars along the seacoast, to which the look-outs ascended by means of nailed cleats, something as fowls go upstairs in a hen-house.
  2. A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components.
  3. (nautical) A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release.
  4. A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.)
  • German: Klampe
  • Italian: galloccia
  • Portuguese: grampo
  • Russian: у́тка
  • Spanish: cornamusa
Translations Verb

cleat (cleats, present participle cleating; past and past participle cleated)

  1. To strengthen with a cleat.
  2. (nautical) To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat.

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