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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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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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|Noun||1.||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 coupling; used to attach a drawbar to a plow or wagon or trailer etc.|
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