- A piece of wood or metal (usually with protruding “horns”) to which a line can be tied around (i.e. made fast).
From Old English, the same word and meaning
There are a variety of different types of cleats and they can be made of different materials. They are almost always used as an anchor point to tie a line off. Go to any marina and you’ll likely see the dock or pier lined with cleats for people to secure their boats to.
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.