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1. A strip of wood or iron used to strengthen or support the surface to which it is attached.
a. A projecting piece of metal or hard rubber attached to the underside of a shoe to provide traction.
b. cleats A pair of shoes with such projections on the soles.
a. A piece of metal or wood having projecting arms or ends on which a rope can be wound or secured.
b. Any of various other fittings by means of which a rope can be secured.
4. A wedge-shaped piece of material, such as wood, that is fastened onto something, such as a spar, to act as a support or prevent slippage.
5. A spurlike device used in gripping a tree or pole in climbing.
tr.v. cleat·ed, cleat·ing, cleats
To supply, support, secure, or strengthen with a cleat.
[Middle English clete, from Old English *clēat, lump, wedge.]
1. (Tools) a wedge-shaped block, usually of wood, attached to a structure to act as a support
2. (Nautical Terms) a device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc
3. (Building) a short length of angle iron used as a bracket
4. (Clothing & Fashion) a piece of metal, leather, etc, attached to the sole of a shoe to prevent wear or slipping
5. (Tools) a small triangular-shaped nail used in glazing
6. (Mining & Quarrying) any of the main cleavage planes in a coal seam
7. to supply or support with a cleat or cleats
8. (Nautical Terms) to secure (a line) on a cleat
[C14: of Germanic origin, compare Old High German chlōz clod, lump, Dutch kloot ball]
1. a wedge-shaped block or strip of wood, metal, or the like, fastened to a surface to serve as a check or support.
2. a strip of metal, wood, or the like, fastened across a surface, as a ramp, to provide sure footing.
3. a conical or rectangular projection, usu. of hard rubber, attached to the sole of a shoe to provide greater traction.
4. a shoe fitted with such projections.
5. an object of wood or metal having one or two projecting horns to which ropes may be belayed.v.t.
6. to supply or strengthen with cleats; fasten to or with a cleat.
[1350–1400; Middle English clete wedge, c. Dutch kloot ball, Old High German klōz clod, lump; akin to clot]
Past participle: cleated
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|Noun||1.||cleat - a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping|
cleats - shoes with leather or metal projections on the soles; "the football players all wore cleats"
projection - any structure that branches out from a central support
|2.||cleat - a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured|
|3.||cleat - a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached|
strip - thin piece of wood or metal
|Verb||1.||cleat - provide with cleats; "cleat running shoes for better traction"|
|2.||cleat - secure on a cleat; "cleat a line"|