Clevis meaning

klĕv'ĭs
A U-shaped metal piece with holes in each end through which a pin or bolt is run, used as a fastening device.
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A U-shaped metal fitting with holes in the ends through which a pin or bolt is passed in order to attach one thing to another.
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A U-shaped coupling having holes at each end, through which a bolt is run; used especially to fit attachments to a tractor or other vehicle as it allows a degree of rotation about the bolt.
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The definition of a clevis is a U-shaped fastening device with two holes at the end for a pin or bolt to pass through.

An example of clevis is what is used to attach a trailer hitch to a vehicle.

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Origin of clevis

  • From clevi possibly of Scandinavian origin Old Norse klofi cleft gleubh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • First attested in 1590s. Origin unknown; probably derived from the verb "to cleave". If so, the word ultimately may stem from Scandinavian: cf. Old Norse kljufa (to split).
    From Wiktionary