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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.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cleats - shoes with leather or metal projections on the solescleats - shoes with leather or metal projections on the soles; "the football players all wore cleats"
cleat - a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
shoe - footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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The worthy Obed tells us, that in the early times of the whale fishery, ere ships were regularly launched in pursuit of the game, the people of that island erected lofty spars along the sea-coast, to which the look-outs ascended by means of nailed cleats, something as fowls go upstairs in a hen-house.
To prevent the butts of the masts from slipping on the deck, I nailed down thick cleats. Everything in readiness, I made a line fast to the apex of the shears and carried it directly to the windlass.
Somebody who had gone on the roof to clean out the gutters had left a cleat nailed to the side of the house about halfway between the window and the top of the back porch.
Suddenly a terrible cry, a cry of despair, was wafted through space; and as if the shrieks of anguish had driven away the clouds, the veil which hid the moon was cleated away and the gray sails and dark shrouds of the felucca were plainly visible beneath the silvery light.
"Stand by main halyards!--Jump!" he could hear Skipper shouting loudly; also he heard the high note of the mainsheet screaming across the sheaves as Van Horn, bending braces in the dark, was swiftly slacking the sheet through his scorching palms with a single turn on the cleat.
The speck of a boat grew larger and larger, till we could see Big Alec and his partner, with a turn of the sturgeon line around a cleat, resting from their labor to laugh at us.
Harvey saw half a dozen knives stuck in a cleat in the hatch combing.
And if the second mate hap- pened to be there (he had generally one day in three free of fever) I would find him sitting on the skylight half senseless, as it were, and with an idiotic gaze fastened on some object near by--a rope, a cleat, a belaying pin, a ringbolt.
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Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid uses artwork on his cleats for a cause during their NFL game against New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium.
If your boat lacks recessed, pop-up or pull-up cleats, a standard cleat can be covered with an array of materials to make it snag-free.
Key statement: A steel-cleated, all terrain tire has cleats that dynamically engage with changing road conditions, across slick ice and bridges, and while turning, breaking and accelerating on steep terrain.