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.
to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
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How to use collet in a sentence
At last, in late June it largely succeeded, with the only problem being the cursed collet, which turned out to be loose.
You could go your entire life without thinking about a collet.
In place of a stone the ring had a collet inscribed with the words "Jhesus Maria" with three crosses.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2) | Anatole France
Fig. 123 shows the cylinder removed from the balance collet.Watch and Clock Escapements | Anonymous
The motion is steadied by the collet of the funnel f, being embraced by a brass busk.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
On the collet (culasse) 24 other faces are made round a small table, which converts the culasse into a truncated pyramid.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines | Andrew Ure
He immediately hastened to collet, assembled all the troops he could muster, and put himself on the track of the Camisards.The Huguenots in France | Samuel Smiles.
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
(tr) jewellery to mount in a collet
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