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[klev-is] /ˈklɛv ɪs/
a U -shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted.
Origin of clevis
First recorded in 1585-95; akin to cleave2 Unabridged
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  • A one and one-eighth inch wire cable is thrown around the logs and made fast by means of a clevis.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • clevis—that part of a plow by which the drawing power is attached.

    The Elements of Agriculture George E. Waring
  • But Irish Fallon reached for him as he fumbled at the clevis.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • "The clevis is rather small, but it's the strongest I could find," Kenwyne said.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
  • He had been without rest for many nights, and sleep soon bound him in its own clevis and manacles.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • With this clevis a loop can be made around any small log or tree without the trouble of cutting to fit the ring.

    Fox Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • A clevis, which is attached to the end of the beam and is used to regulate the depth of plowing.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • Then he started back toward the boat, after picking up a clevis which it seems the driver-boy had dropped.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • His arms were manacled with strong loops round his wrists, resembling a clevis, connected by a strong iron bolt.

    American Slave Trade Jesse Torrey
  • Cast-iron fronts usually have a projection in the center for the clevis hitch.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
British Dictionary definitions for clevis


the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement
Word Origin
C16: related to cleave1
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Word Origin and History for clevis

"U-shaped iron bar with holes for a bolt or pin, used as a fastener," 1590s, of unknown origin, perhaps from the root of cleave (v.2). Also uncertain is whether it is originally a plural or a singular.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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