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 for palette
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palette \Pal"ette\, n. [See Pallet a thin board.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Paint.) A thin, oval or square board, or tablet, with a
        thumb hole at one end for holding it, on which a painter
        lays and mixes his pigments. Hence, any other object,
        usually one with a flat surface, used for the same
        purpose. [Written also pallet.]
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence: The complete set of colors used by an artist or
        other person in creating an image, in any medium. The
        meaning of this term has been extended in modern times to
        include the set of colors used in a particular computer
        application, or the complete set of of colors available in
        computer displays or printing techniques.
     3. Hence: The complete range of resources and techniques used
        in any art, such as music.
     4. (Anc. Armor) One of the plates covering the points of
        junction at the bend of the shoulders and elbows.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. (Mech.) A breastplate for a breast drill.
        [1913 Webster]
     Palette knife, a knife with a very flexible steel blade and
        no cutting edge, rounded at the end, used by painters to
        mix colors on the grinding slab or palette.
     To set the palette (Paint.), to lay upon it the required
        pigments in a certain order, according to the intended use
        of them in a picture. --Fairholt.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist
           or painting or school of art [syn: palette, pallet]
      2: board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix
         paints and the range of colors used [syn: palette,
      3: one of the rounded armor plates at the armpits of a suit of
         armor [syn: pallette, palette]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  32 Moby Thesaurus words for "palette":
     air brush, art paper, brush, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas,
     chalk, charcoal, crayon, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier,
     easel, fixative, ground, lay figure, maulstick, medium, paint,
     paintbrush, palette knife, pastel, pencil, pigments, scratchboard,
     siccative, sketchbook, sketchpad, spatula, spray gun, stump,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  colour palette
  colour look-up table
      (colour look-up table, CLUT) A device
     which converts the logical colour numbers stored in each
     pixel of video memory into physical colours, normally
     represented as RGB triplets, that can be displayed on the
     monitor.  The palette is simply a block of fast RAM which
     is addressed by the logical colour and whose output is split
     into the red, green and blue levels which drive the actual
     display (e.g. CRT).
     The number of entries (logical colours) in the palette is the
     total number of colours which can appear on screen
     simultaneously.  The width of each entry determines the number
     of colours which the palette can be set to produce.
     A common example would be a palette of 256 colours
     (i.e. addressed by eight-bit pixel values) where each colour
     can be chosen from a total of 16.7 million colours (i.e. eight
     bits output for each of red, green and blue).
     Changes to the palette affect the whole screen at once and can
     be used to produce special effects which would be much slower
     to produce by updating pixels.

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