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n. Nautical
A device, such as a looped rope, hook and eye, strap, or grommet, used to hold or fasten loose ropes, spars, or oars in position.

[Origin unknown.]
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1. (Nautical Terms) a clevis forming part of one end of a sheave, used for securing standing lines by means of a thimble
2. (Nautical Terms) a short line with a grommet or eye at one end and a knot at the other, used for securing spars or other gear in place
[C18: of unknown origin]


(Biography) Saint Thomas à. 1118–70, English prelate; chancellor (1155–62) to Henry II; archbishop of Canterbury (1162–70): murdered following his opposition to Henry's attempts to control the clergy. Feast day: Dec 29 or July 7
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(ˈbɛk ɪt)

a device, as a short rope with an eye at one end and a knot at the other, used to secure ropes, sails, etc.


(ˈbɛk ɪt)

Saint Thomas à, 1118?–70, archbishop of Canterbury: murdered because of his opposition to Henry II's policies toward the church.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.becket - (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170Becket - (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
2.becket - (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
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References in classic literature ?
For their prelates; when they are proud and great, there is also danger from them; as it was in the times of Anselmus, and Thomas Becket, Archbishops of Canterbury; who, with their croziers, did almost try it with the king's sword; and yet they had to deal with stout and haughty kings, William Rufus, Henry the First, and Henry the Second.
The white child's name was Thomas a Becket Driscoll, the other's name was Valet de Chambre: no surname--slaves hadn't the privilege.
De Bigot,'' he added to his seneschal, ``thou wilt word this our second summons so courteously, as to gratify the pride of these Saxons, and make it impossible for them again to refuse; although, by the bones of Becket, courtesy to them is casting pearls before swine.''
If religious liberty has become the latest flash point in the culture wars, groups like the Becket Fund are not wholly to blame.
"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow," Green said as the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the company in the case, announced the suit last year.
St Martin's of Tours was built for the aristocrats, St Mary's for businessmen, while St Thomas a Becket was for commoners.
Meanwhile, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an ally of the Religious Right that defended the released-time program, celebrated the ruling.
Thomas Becket. Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold.
As these dates indicate, the first period followed the Norman Conquest in 1066, while the crucial event in the latter was the martyrdom of Thomas Becket in 1170, termed by Robert Bartlett "the 1066 of English saintly cult" (125).
SCOTT DOUGAL Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold by John Guy, Viking, pounds 25.
1170: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his own cathedral by four knights, believing they were acting on Henry II's orders.