Here is the meaning of the word, CLEAT

Cleat ( n. ) - A device made of wood or metal, having two arms, around which turns may be taken with a line or rope so as to hold securely and yet be readily released. It is bolted by the middle to a deck or mast, etc., or it may be lashed to a rope.
Cleat ( n. ) - A strip of wood or iron fastened on transversely to something in order to give strength, prevent warping, hold position, etc.
Cleat ( v. t. ) - To strengthen with a cleat.