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Definition of cleat:

  1. 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.
  2. A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
  3. To strengthen with a cleat.

Synonyms:

lug, support.

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