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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cleat
  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.

Etymology: OE. clete wedge; cf. D. kloot ball, Ger. kloss klotz, lump. clod, MHG. klōz lump, ball, wedge, OHG. chlōz ball, round mass

verb Cleat
To strengthen with a cleat.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
  2. A fastener (usually with two projecting horns) around which a rope can be secured
  3. A metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
  4. Secure on a cleat ("cleat a line")
  5. Provide with cleats ("cleat running shoes for better traction")

From Middle English clete, from Old English *clēat, clēot, from Proto-Germanic *klautaz (“firm lump”), from Proto-Germanic *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.

  1. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
  2. A continuous metal strip, or angled piece, used to secure metal components.
  3. (nautical) A device to quickly affix a line or rope, and from which it is also easy to release.
    Nautical cleat
  4. A protrusion on the bottom of a shoe meant for better traction. (See cleats.)

Fun Facts about the name Cleat

  • How Popular is the name Cleat? Cleat is the 84,438th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Cleat have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Cleat in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cleat? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cleat first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cleat is Saturday, April 12th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Cleat born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cleat was in 1921 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Cleat: Your name in reverse order is Taelc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eltac. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Cleat born Apr 7, 1966

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern England approximately on 1050. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.