- The definition of a cleat is a shoe with metal, rubber or other material projecting from the sole that helps you to get a better grip, or the metal, rubber or other pieces that project from the bottom of the shoe.
- Shoes with little metal pieces on the bottom to help you get a grip when playing football are an example of cleats.
- The little metal pieces on the bottom of your football shoes are an example of cleats.
A pair of shoes with cleats.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a piece of wood, metal, or plastic, often wedge-shaped, fastened to something to strengthen it or give secure footing: cleats are used on gangways, under shelves, on the soles or heels of shoes, etc.
- Naut. a small metal or wood fitting fixed as to the deck of a ship and used to secure a rope, specif. one with projecting ends
Origin: Middle English clete ; from Old English an unverified form cleat (WGmc an unverified form klaut), a lump ; from Indo-European an unverified form g(e)l-eu- ; from base an unverified form gel-: see climb
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- A strip of wood or iron used to strengthen or support the surface to which it is attached.
- a. A projecting piece of metal or hard rubber attached to the underside of a shoe to provide traction.b. cleats A pair of shoes with such projections on the soles.
- A piece of metal or wood having projecting arms or ends on which a rope can be wound or secured.
- A wedge-shaped piece of material, such as wood, that is fastened onto something, such as a spar, to act as a support or prevent slippage.
- A spurlike device used in gripping a tree or pole in climbing.
Origin: Middle English clete, from Old English *clēat, lump, wedge.