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Diagram showing beckets used to join tent panels together.


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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛkɪt/
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Homophone: Beckett


becket (plural beckets)

  1. (obsolete) chough (the bird)
    Cornish choughs, or "beckets" as they are sometimes known, are seen on Thomas Wolsey's coat of arms, they are a reference to his namesake, Thomas Becket.
  2. (nautical) A short piece of rope spliced to form a circle
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (nautical) The clevis of a pulley block.
  6. An eye in the end of a rope.
  7. (nautical, slang) A pocket in clothing.
    • 1855, Henry Augustus Wise, Tales for the Marines (page 121)
      At the same time, mind, I must have a bit of a frolic occasionally, for that's all the pleasure I has, when I gets a little chink in my becket; and ye know, too, that I don t care much for that stuff, for a dollar goes with me as fur as a gold ounce does with you, when ye put on your grand airs, and shower it about like a nabob.
  8. A method of joining fabric, for example the doors of a tent, by interlacing loops of cord (beckets) through eyelet holes and adjacent loops.
  9. (Britain, dialect) A spade for digging turf.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)



  1. ^ US FM 55-501 MARINE CREWMAN’S HANDBOOK; 1 December 1999