Cleat (kl�xc7;t), n. [OE. clete wedge; cf.D. kloot ball, Ger. kloss, klotz, lump. clod, MHG. kloz lump, ball, wedge, OHG. chloz 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.


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Cleat, v. t.

To strengthen with a cleat.


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