• WordNet 3.6
    • n becket (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
    • n Becket (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Becket (Naut) A small grommet, or a ring or loop of rope or metal for holding things in position, as spars, ropes, etc.; also a bracket, a pocket, or a handle made of rope.
    • Becket A spade for digging turf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n becket Same as becker.
    • n becket Nautical: A short piece of rope, with a knot at one end and an eye in the other, for temporarily confining ropes or small spars.
    • n becket A handle made of a rope grommet or ring.
    • n becket A wooden cleat or hook, fastened on the fore- or main-rigging of a ship, for the tacks and sheets to lie in when not in use.
    • n becket A rope grommet in the bottom of a block for securing the standing end of the fall.
    • n becket A cant term for a trousers-pocket.
    • becket To fasten or provide with beckets.
    • n becket A large hook used in loading logs on cars by means of tackle.
    • n becket In marine hardware, a brass or iron ring forming a part of a metal block, the block and becket being cast in one piece.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Becket bek′et (naut.) a loop of rope having a knot at one end and an eye at the other: a large hook, or a wooden bracket used to keep loose tackle or spars in a convenient place.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. bek, beak, and E. beak,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Dut. bogt, bocht, a 'bend' of rope.


In literature:

Becket, St. Thomas a, 54, 280, 282, 327.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Another remarkable example is that of Thomas a Becket.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
The hospital was built on the site of the house where Becket was born.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Becket's death was an act of assassination.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
She knew the song from Becket well.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
I'll just be a plain pilgrim, or Henry who killed Becket.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
Murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket 216 1189.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
Quite naturally, the archdeacon took in the Becket question the same side as his friends.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
A long quarrel ensued, and in 1170 Henry was forced to be reconciled to Becket.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Blest Becket from thy tomb arise,
And view thy saints with ravish'd eyes:
As crowds did at thy altar bow,
So this is Canterbury now.
"Superstition: A Tale" by Samuel Bowden
Perhaps you'll stand within the pillared nave
And aisles where colored sundust falls, and see
Old Canterbury Church where Becket gave
His life's best blood for England's liberty!
"To My Son" by Anonymous Americas
The cathedral where Becket was kill'd;
The town where John Knox first drew breath;
Of Turkey in Asia the principal flood,
On which the once powerful Babylon stood,
And where Wickliffe reposes in death.
"Enigma X." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Legendary Marta Becket continues to fill the seats at Death Valley Junction.
Talk about the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, and you have to talk about Marta Becket.
00 AM on 10/13, issued at 4:10 AM Adams, MA Ashley Falls, MA Becket, MA Berkshire, MA.
00 AM on 4/30, issued at 10:22 AM Adams, MA Ashley Falls, MA Becket, MA Berkshire, MA.
Thomas A' Becket parish moves into new building.
The renovation will first be evident from the neo-classic exterior of the Welton Becket- designed building which will be cleaned, returning the Taper 's 378-foot precast concrete mural relief to its original elegance.
BECKET — In the big family that is the dance world, ballet dancers can trace their sweat lines all the way back to the 16th century.
Thomas A' Becket parish moves into new building.
"Fulfilling the Promise" is the name of the St Thomas A' Becket capital campaign launched in 2006 to raise funds for a new church building.
Kate Weare Company and Maureen Fleming Jacob's Pillow, Becket, Massachusetts August 14 through 17.
I arrived at Sam Beckets on First Avenue about 7:15 pm, expecting to find my teammates engrossed in pregame drills.
Boston has their ace, Josh Becket, going to the mound.
Recorded, engineered, and mastered by Dana Welts at October Mountain Studios, Becket, MA.
About how we get along, said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counselor for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberties, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization.
Historic Becket Quarry Discovery Hike — Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary sponsors a hike in the Historic Becket Quarry and Forest Preserve today from 10 a.m.-1 pm Fee: $15.