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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleatnoun

    a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping

  2. cleatnoun

    a fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured

  3. cleatverb

    a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached

  4. cleatverb

    provide with cleats

    "cleat running shoes for better traction"

  5. cleatverb

    secure on a cleat

    "cleat a line"


  1. cleatnoun

    A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.

  2. cleatnoun

    A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components.

  3. cleatnoun

    A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release.

  4. cleatnoun

    A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.)

  5. cleatverb

    To strengthen with a cleat.

  6. cleatverb

    To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat

  7. Etymology: From clete, from cleat, from klautaz, from glei-. Cognate with Dutch kloot and German Kloß. See also clay and clout.


  1. cleat

    The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) is the largest police union in Texas.It is active in local politics through the political action committee CLEAT PAC. It lobbies for legislation and endorses candidates for office (both Republicans and Democrats). In 2020-2021, it supported the passage of Senate Bill 22. Under the bill, officers dying from Covid-19 are considered line of duty deaths, which grants benefits to their surviving family members.In 2022, CLEAT publicly endorsed incumbent Greg Abbott for the 2022 Texas gubernatorial election.CLEAT has accused sheriff offices of union busting and fought for the right of union representatives to be paid for their union work.


  1. cleat

    A cleat is a device or piece of equipment typically used in sports or sailing. In sports like soccer or baseball, it refers to a type of shoe that has protrusions on the sole to provide traction. In boating, a cleat is a T-shaped piece of metal or wood where ropes are tied.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cleatnoun

    a strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc

  2. Cleatnoun

    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

  3. Cleatverb

    to strengthen with a cleat

  4. Etymology: [OE. clete wedge; cf. D. kloot ball, Ger. kloss, klotz, lump. clod, MHG. klz lump, ball, wedge, OHG. chlz ball, round mass.]


  1. Cleat

    In nautical contexts, a cleat is a device for securing a rope. The traditional design is attached to a flat surface or a spar and features two “horns” extending parallel to the deck or the axis of the spar, resembling an anvil. Other cleat designs include the following. ⁕A cam cleat in which one or two spring-loaded cams pinch the rope, allowing the rope to be adjusted easily, and quickly released when under load. ⁕A jam cleat in which the line is pinched in a v-shaped slot. ⁕A clam cleat in which the rope is held between two fluted stationary pieces. Such a cleat vaguely resembles two halves of a clam shell held back to back. It is more compact than a cam cleat, but the rope is less easily released under load. A cleat hitch is a knot used to secure a rope to a cleat.

Anagrams for cleat »

  1. CELTA

  2. eclat

  3. éclat

  4. lacet

  5. ectal

  6. tecla

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleat in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cleat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cleat in a Sentence

  1. Charley Wilkison:

    CLEAT has no sympathy for those who seek to harass and interfere with police officers while they’re doing their jobs.

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