- 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
Examples from the Web for clevis
But Irish Fallon reached for him as he fumbled at the clevis.The Promise
James B. Hendryx
Clevis—that part of a plow by which the drawing power is attached.The Elements of Agriculture
George E. Waring
"The clevis is rather small, but it's the strongest I could find," Kenwyne said.Harding of Allenwood
The clevis is also used on some plows to regulate the width of the furrow.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
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
- the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement
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.