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beck·et

 (bĕk′ĭt)
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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becket

(ˈbɛkɪt)
n
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]

Becket

(ˈbɛkɪt)
n
(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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beck•et

(ˈbɛk ɪt)

n.
a device, as a short rope with an eye at one end and a knot at the other, used to secure ropes, sails, etc.
[1760–70]

Beck•et

(ˈbɛk ɪt)

n.
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.''