American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tag or sheath, as of plastic, on the end of a lace, cord, or ribbon to facilitate its passing through eyelet holes.
- n. A similar device used for an ornament.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tag or metal sheathing of the end of a lace, or of the points (see point) or ribbons generally used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to fasten or tie dresses. They were originally intended simply to facilitate the passing of the ends through the eyelet-holes, as in modern shoelaces and stay-laces, but were afterward frequently formed of the precious metals, carved into small figures, and suspended from the ribbon, etc., as ornaments (whence Shakspere's phrase “an aglet-baby,” which see); and they are still so used in the form of tagged points or braid hanging from the shoulder in some military uniforms, now officially styled aiguillettes. Also written
- n. In botany, a pendent anther; also, a loose pendent catkin, as of the birch.
- n. alternative spelling of aiglet.
- n. The cover at the tip of a shoelace, to prevent it from fraying.
- n. A catkin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tag of a lace or of the points, braids, or cords formerly used in dress. They were sometimes formed into small images.
- n. (Haberdashery) A round white staylace.
- n. metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
- n. ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
- Middle English, from Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille, needle, from Vulgar Latin *acūcula, from Late Latin acucula, diminutive of Latin acus, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And the little metal ring that reinforces the rim of the eyelet through which the aglet passes.”
“Rebuilding the aglet that allows cells to divide helps those cancer cells reproduce and spread.”
“Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what his mind is: why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby; or an old trot with neer a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases as two-and-fifty horses: why, nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.”
“Page view page image: beauty of the season; the large moist flakes that fell in the morning had furred and mossed every limb and twig, each minute process and filament, each aglet and thread, as if the pure spirits of the air had undertaken to frost the trees for the marriage festival of their Prince.”
“The telomeres being studied in Lee's project act as a kind of protective cap for chromosomal ends - much like the plastic aglet at the end of a shoelace, for example - allowing cells to retain their biological information.”
“January 16th, 2008 at 1: 03 pm baedo says: that’s an aglet, pauly … the shoelace thingy.”
“a puppet or an aglet-baby; or an old trot with ne'er”
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