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A metal strip, plate or metal angle piece, either continuous or individual (“clip”), used to secure two or more components together.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
cleat (noun)
a) a wedge-shaped piece fastened to or projecting from something and serving as a support or check
b) a wooden or metal fitting usually with two projecting horns around which a rope may be made fast
a) a strip fastened across something to give strength or hold in position
b) (1) a projecting piece (as on the bottom of a shoe) that furnishes a grip
(2) shoes equipped with - cleats
cleat (verb)
transitive verb
to secure to or by a cleat
to provide with a cleat
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