Definitions

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.
  • 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

  • To set in or as in a collet.
  • 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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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  • "Before the glass cleaning began I would have to remove the brass collet at the end of each rod. The collet would fit into some as yet unseen mechanism which would rotate the rods."
    The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey, p 78 of the Knopf hardcover

    June 5, 2012