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3 definitions found
 for collet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Colet \Col"et\, Collet \Col"let\ [Corrupted fr. acolyte.]
     An inferior church servant. [Obs.] See Acolyte.
     [1913 Webster] Coletit

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collet \Col"let\, n. [F. collet, dim. fr. L. collum neck. See
     Collar.]
     1. A small collar or neckband. --Foxe.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Mech.) A small metal ring; a small collar fastened on an
        arbor; as, the collet on the balance arbor of a watch; a
        small socket on a stem, for holding a drill.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Jewelry)
        (a) The part of a ring containing the bezel in which the
            stone is set.
        (b) The flat table at the base of a brilliant. See Illust.
            of Brilliant.
            [1913 Webster]
  
                  How full the collet with his jewel is! --Cowley.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  collet
      n 1: a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent
           splitting [syn: ferrule, collet]
      2: a cone-shaped chuck used for holding cylindrical pieces in a
         lathe [syn: collet, collet chuck]
      3: a band or collar that holds an individual stone in a jewelry
         setting

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