Definitions for: Cleat

[n] a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
[n] a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured
[n] a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
[v] secure on a cleat; "cleat a line"
[v] provide with cleats, as of running shoes

Webster (1913) Definition: Cleat (kl[=e]t), n. [OE. clete wedge; cf. D. kloot ball,
Ger. kloss, klotz, lump. clod, MHG. kl[=o]z lump, ball,
wedge, OHG. chl[=o]z ball, round mass.]
1. (Carp.) A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely
to something in order to give strength, prevent warping,
hold position, etc.

2. (Naut.) A device made of wood or metal, having two arms,
around which turns may be taken with a line or rope so as
to hold securely and yet be readily released. It is bolted
by the middle to a deck or mast, etc., or it may be lashed
to a rope.

Cleat, v. t.
To strengthen with a cleat.

See Also: calk, calkin, cleats, fasten, fastener, fastening, fix, fixing, furnish, holdfast, projection, provide, render, secure, strip, supply

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