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A U-shaped metal piece with holes in each end through which a pin or bolt is run, used as a fastening device.

[From clevi, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse klofi, cleft; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(General Engineering) the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement
[C16: related to cleave1]
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(ˈklɛv ɪs)

a U-shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted.
[1585–95; akin to cleave2]
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Usually a U-shaped piece of iron or steel with holes at each end so that a pin could go through them. A clevis was used to connect two items, one with a ring at the end, and one that would fit in the U and had a hole in it for the pin to go through. There were also a variety of special-purpose clevises like the cross-link clevis shown on the right of the illustration. See also Plow clevis.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Clevis - a coupler shaped like the letter U with holes through each end so a bolt or pin can pass through the holes to complete the couplingclevis - a coupler shaped like the letter U with holes through each end so a bolt or pin can pass through the holes to complete the coupling; used to attach a drawbar to a plow or wagon or trailer etc.
coupler, coupling - a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
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At the end, I have a clevis holding the rod and chain up where the front evener hooks up.
Integrated swivel with a clevis or tab option reduce the possibility of binding by placing the produce closer to the reamer and eliminate the need for multiple connections between the drill and reamer.
Dual pneumatic clamping cylinders are provided with non-marring, quick-change Neoprene clamp plates and easy height adjustment via clevis pins.
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New modifications also include a replaceable nylon insert on the rising clevis, which allows for easy and inexpensive maintenance.