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1 A piece of wood or metal with two arms placed at convenient stations on board ship, or on a yacht, to which ropes or falls can be made fast by taking two or three turns under and over the arms.
2 Small wedges of elm or oak fastened to the yards of square-rigged sailing ships to prevent ropes or the earings of the sails from slipping off the yard. See also thumb cleat.
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