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[kol-it] /ˈkɒl ɪt/
a collar or enclosing band.
the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
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.
Horology. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
verb (used with object), colleted, colleting.
to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
Origin of collet
1520-30; < French, equivalent to col neck (< Latin collum) + -et -et Unabridged
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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.

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    Cyril Field
  • Yet Mr. collet had great and well-founded regard for Mr. Bright.

  • collet, from Nicholas, used as a feminine name, died out also.

  • The dies are formed as shown in Fig. 315, in which a, a are the dies, and b the collet.

  • "collet says Mother Izan is a witch," said Eleanor, abandoning the subject of snakes.

  • It is printed in the Institutiones Theologicæ of collet, who attests the probity of the missionary.

British Dictionary definitions for collet


(in a jewellery setting) a band or coronet-shaped claw that holds an individual stone
(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
(horology) a small collar that supports the inner end of the hairspring
(transitive) (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

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

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