collet

[ kol-it ]
/ ˈkɒl ɪt /

noun

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), col·let·ed, col·let·ing.

to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.

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Origin of collet

1520–30; <French, equivalent to col neck (<Latin collum) + -et-et
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British Dictionary definitions for collet

collet
/ (ˈkɒlɪt) /

noun

(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

verb

(tr) jewellery to mount in a collet

Word Origin for collet

C16: from Old French: a little collar, from col neckband, neck, from Latin collum neck
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