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collet

[kol-it]
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noun
  1. a collar or enclosing band.
  2. the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
  3. a slotted cylindrical clamp inserted tightly into the tapered interior of a sleeve or chuck on a lathe to hold a cylindrical piece of work.
  4. Horology. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
verb (used with object), col·let·ed, col·let·ing.
  1. to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.

Origin of collet

1520–30; < French, equivalent to col neck (< Latin collum) + -et -et
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  • A sight easier than men do, Collet Pardue, take my word for it.

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  • “I lack not your help therein, I thank you,” said Collet somewhat spiritedly.

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  • Before Collet could reply, a third person stood in the doorway.

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  • He had not, therefore, the least idea that Tabitha heard his words addressed to Collet.

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  • As for Marix, he found his way to the shed already struck by Collet.


British Dictionary definitions for collet

collet

noun
  1. (in a jewellery setting) a band or coronet-shaped claw that holds an individual stone
  2. mechanical engineering an externally tapered sleeve made in two or more segments and used to grip a shaft passed through its centre when the sleeve is compressed by being inserted in a tapered hole
  3. horology a small collar that supports the inner end of the hairspring
verb
  1. (tr) jewellery to mount in a collet

Word Origin

C16: from Old French: a little collar, from col neckband, neck, from Latin collum neck
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Word Origin and History for collet

n.

1520s, from French collet "little collar," diminutive of col "neck," from Latin collum (see collar (n.)).

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