From Middle English clete, from Old English clēat, from Proto-Germanic *klautaz (“firm lump”), from Proto-Indo-European *gelewd-, from *gley- (“to glue, stick together, form into a ball”). Cognate with Dutch kloot (“ball; testicle”) and German Kloß. See also clay and clout.
cleat (plural cleats)
- A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
- A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components.
- (nautical) A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release.
- A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.)
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- To strengthen with a cleat.
- (nautical) To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat.