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Diagram showing beckets used to join tent panels together.


Compare Dutch bek (beak) beak, and English beak.



becket (plural beckets)

  1. (nautical) A short piece of rope spliced to form a circle
  2. (nautical) A loop of rope with a knot at one end to catch in an eye at the other end[1]. Used to secure oars etc. at their place.
  3. (sewing) A loop of thread, typically braided, attached at each end to a jacket. Used to pass through the brooch bar of medals to affix them to the jacket without damaging it.
  4. (nautical) The clevis of a pulley block.
  5. An eye in the end of a rope.
  6. A method of joining fabric, for example the doors of a tent, by interlacing loops of cord (beckets) through eyelet holes and adjacent loops.
  7. (Britain, dialectal) A spade for digging turf.
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  1. ^ US FM 55-501 MARINE CREWMAN’S HANDBOOK; 1 December 1999