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fillet

[fil-it; usually fi-ley for 1, 10] /ˈfɪl ɪt; usually fɪˈleɪ for 1, 10/
noun
1.
Cookery.
  1. a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
  2. a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
2.
a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
3.
any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
4.
a strip of any material used for binding.
5.
Bookbinding.
  1. a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
  2. a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
6.
Architecture.
  1. Also called list. a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas.
  2. a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
7.
Anatomy. lemniscus.
8.
a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
9.
Metallurgy. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
verb (used with object)
10.
Cookery.
  1. to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
  2. to cut fillets from.
11.
to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
12.
Machinery. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
Also, filet (for defs 1, 10).
Origin of fillet
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English filet < Anglo-French, Middle French, equivalent to fil thread + -et -et
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fillet

/ˈfɪlɪt/
noun
1.
  1. Also called fillet steak. a strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
  2. the boned side of a fish
  3. the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
2.
a narrow strip of any material
3.
a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
4.
a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
5.
a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
6.
Also called fillet weld. a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
7.
(heraldry) a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
8.
Also called listel, list. the top member of a cornice
9.
(anatomy) a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamus Technical name lemniscus
10.
  1. a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
  2. a wheel tool used to impress such lines
11.
another name for fairing1
verb (transitive) -lets, -leting, -leted
12.
to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
13.
to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
14.
(anatomy) to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
15.
to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
Also (for senses 1–3) filet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French filet, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum
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Word Origin and History for fillet
n.

early 14c., "headband," from Old French filet (12c.) "thread, filament; strip, ligament," diminutive of fil "thread" (see file (v.)). Sense of "cut of meat or fish" is from late 14c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a string. As a verb, from c.1600, "to bind with a narrow band;" meaning "to cut in fillets" is from 1846. Related: Filleted; filleting.

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fillet in Medicine

fillet fil·let (fĭl'ĭt)
n.

  1. A loop of cord or tape used for making traction on a part of the fetus.

  2. A loop-shaped band of fibers, especially the lemniscus.

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