From Middle English clete, from Old English *clēat, clēot, 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.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “chapter 35”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC:
- [...] the people of that island erected lofty spars along the seacoast, to which the look-outs ascended by means of nailed cleats, something as fowls go upstairs in a hen-house.
- 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 or wheel meant for better traction.
- An athletic shoe equipped with cleats.
- 2020, Allyssa Loya, Sporty Bugs and Errors, page 26:
- He needs to put on five pieces of gear: his helmet, left glove, right glove, left cleat, and right cleat.
Derived terms edit
- To strengthen with a cleat.
- (nautical) To tie off, affix, stopper a line or rope, especially to a cleat.