cleat

[ kleet ]
/ klit /

noun

verb (used with object)

to supply or strengthen with cleats; fasten to or with a cleat.

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Origin of cleat

1350–1400; Middle English clete wedge, cognate with Old High German klōz lump, ball, Dutch kloot; akin to clot
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British Dictionary definitions for cleat

cleat
/ (kliːt) /

noun

verb (tr)

to supply or support with a cleat or cleats
to secure (a line) on a cleat

Word Origin for cleat

C14: of Germanic origin, compare Old High German chlōz clod, lump, Dutch kloot ball
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