verb (used with object)
Origin of cleat
Examples from the Web for cleat
Historical Examples of cleat
This plate is soldered to the shank of the screw-eye and the cleat is complete.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
Now to get a cleat or something across that window so we can take the rope with us!Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
G. Harvey Ralphson
Harvey saw half a dozen knives stuck in a cleat in the hatch combing."Captains Courageous"
To let go altogether, instead of lowering with a turn on a cleat or bitt-head.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The posts and cleat are surfaced on four sides, while the other pieces are surfaced on only two sides.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
Word Origin for cleat
c.1300, clete "wedge," from Old English *cleat "a lump," from West Germanic *klaut "firm lump" (cf. Middle Low German klot, klute, Middle Dutch cloot, Dutch kloot, Old High German kloz, German kloß "clod, dumpling"). In Middle English, a wedge of wood bolted to a spar, etc., to keep it from slipping (late 14c.). Meaning "thin metal plate for shoes, etc." is c.1825.