from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cone-shaped sleeve used for holding circular or rodlike pieces in a lathe or other machine.
- n. A metal collar used in watchmaking to join one end of a balance spring to the balance staff.
- n. A circular flange or rim, as in a ring, into which a gem is set.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A band, flange, ferrule, or collar, usually of a hard material, especially a metal.
- n. In particular, the rim (of a ring) within which a jewel is set. Compare bezel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small collar or neckband.
- n. A small metal ring; a small collar fastened on an arbor; ; a small socket on a stem, for holding a drill.
- n. The part of a ring containing the bezel in which the stone is set.
- n. The flat table at the base of a brilliant. See Illust. of Brilliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A band or collar; specifically, a small collar or band worn by the inferior clergy of the Roman Catholic Church.
- n. Among jewelers: Same as culet.
- n. The ring or flange within which a jewel or a group of jewels is set, as that part of a ring which holds the seal. The word is most common in connection with large compositions of jewelers' work.
- n. In glass manufacturing, that part of a glass vessel which adheres to the pontee or iron instrument used in taking the substance from the melting-pot.
- n. In machinery, a small band of metal, as the ring which fastens the packing of a piston.
- n. In gunnery, that part of the muzzle of a cannon which lies between the astragal and the face of the piece.
- To set in or as in a collet.
- n. Same as colewort.
- n. See colet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent splitting
- n. a band or collar that holds an individual stone in a jewelry setting
- n. a cone-shaped chuck used for holding cylindrical pieces in a lathe
French, diminutive of col, collar, from Latin collum, neck; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French. (Wiktionary)