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becket

[ bek-it ]
/ ˈbɛk ɪt /
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noun Nautical.

a short length of rope for securing spars, coils of rope, etc., having an eye at one end and a thick knot or a toggle at the other, which is passed through the eye.
a grommet of rope, as one used as a handle or oarlock.
a grommet or eye on a block to which the standing end of a fall can be secured.
a wooden cleat or hook secured to the shrouds of a sailing vessel to hold tacks and sheets not in use.

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Origin of becket

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain

Definition for becket (2 of 2)

Becket
[ bek-it ]
/ ˈbɛk ɪt /

noun

Saint Thomas à, 1118?–70, archbishop of Canterbury: murdered because of his opposition to Henry II's policies toward the church.
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British Dictionary definitions for becket (1 of 2)

becket
/ (ˈbɛkɪt) /

noun nautical

a clevis forming part of one end of a sheave, used for securing standing lines by means of a thimble
a short line with a grommet or eye at one end and a knot at the other, used for securing spars or other gear in place

Word Origin for becket

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for becket (2 of 2)

Becket
/ (ˈbɛkɪt) /

noun

Saint Thomas à . 1118–70, English prelate; chancellor (1155–62) to Henry II; archbishop of Canterbury (1162–70): murdered following his opposition to Henry's attempts to control the clergy. Feast day: Dec 29 or July 7
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