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[klev-is] /ˈklɛv ɪs/
a U -shaped yoke at the end of a chain or rod, between the ends of which a lever, hook, etc., can be pinned or bolted.
1585-95; akin to cleave2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clevis
  • After numerous attempts, the team was never able to get the sling and clevis to wedge or get stuck in the channel of the door.
  • Standard sling, clamp and clevis hangers for use with steel pipe can be used.
  • Galvanized steel pipe hangers shall be adjustable clevis hangers.
  • Standard sling, clamp and clevis hangers for use with steel pipe may be used.
  • The skid loader had a clevis welded to the top edge of the bucket on each side, to lift and move heavy objects around the farm.
  • These grab hooks were designed with a clevis on one end and an eye on the other end.
  • One way of restraining movement would be to install a clevis pin.
British Dictionary definitions for clevis


the U-shaped component of a shackle for attaching a drawbar to a plough or similar implement
Word Origin
C16: related to cleave1
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Word Origin and History for clevis

"U-shaped iron bar with holes for a bolt or pin, used as a fastener," 1590s, of unknown origin, perhaps from the root of cleave (v.2). Also uncertain is whether it is originally a plural or a singular.

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