cleat

[kleet]
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noun

verb (used with object)

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

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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Examples from the Web for cleated

Historical Examples of cleated

  • A large one of the latter, cleated in the centre of the floor, does service as a table.

  • Some were floating against the roof, and some were entangled in the cleated chairs.

  • One end of the private-car was a luxurious stable, in which the white horse climbed along a cleated gang-way.

  • In another moment the timber under him was splitting and giving way at the cleated join, and sagging threateningly.

  • A breathless hush—the shrill whistle of the referee—the thump of cleated shoe against the ball and the game was on.


British Dictionary definitions for cleated

cleat

noun

a wedge-shaped block, usually of wood, attached to a structure to act as a support
a device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc
a short length of angle iron used as a bracket
a piece of metal, leather, etc, attached to the sole of a shoe to prevent wear or slipping
a small triangular-shaped nail used in glazing
any of the main cleavage planes in a coal seam

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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Word Origin and History for cleated

cleat

n.

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.

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