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A sturdy cleat for securing a line, as in mooring a ship.
[Middle English kevil, from Old French keville, wooden peg, from Latin clāvicula, diminutive of clāvis, key.]
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical a strong bitt or bollard for securing heavy hawsers
2. (Building) building trades a hammer having an edged end and a pointed end, used for breaking and rough-shaping stone
[C14: from Old Northern French keville, from Latin clāvicula a little key, from clāvis key]