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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kleet]
    • /klit/
    • /kliːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kleet]
    • /klit/

Definitions of cleat word

  • countable noun cleat A cleat is a kind of hook with two ends which is used to hold ropes, especially on sailing boats. 3
  • noun cleat a wedge-shaped block, usually of wood, attached to a structure to act as a support 3
  • noun cleat a device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc 3
  • noun cleat a short length of angle iron used as a bracket 3
  • noun cleat a piece of metal, leather, etc, attached to the sole of a shoe to prevent wear or slipping 3
  • noun cleat a small triangular-shaped nail used in glazing 3

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Origin of cleat

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English clete wedge, cognate with Old High German klōz lump, ball, Dutch kloot; akin to clot

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Parts of speech for Cleat


cleat popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cleat

noun cleat

  • wedge — a piece of hard material with two principal faces meeting in a sharply acute angle, for raising, holding, or splitting objects by applying a pounding or driving force, as from a hammer. Compare machine (def 3b).
  • batten — A batten is a long strip of wood that is fixed to something to strengthen it or to hold it firm.
  • support — to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
  • metal — any of a class of elementary substances, as gold, silver, or copper, all of which are crystalline when solid and many of which are characterized by opacity, ductility, conductivity, and a unique luster when freshly fractured.
  • woodGrant, 1892–1942, U.S. painter.

Antonyms for cleat

noun cleat

  • whole — comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.

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