Definition of collet in English:

collet

noun

  • 1A segmented band put round a shaft and tightened so as to grip it.

    • ‘The collet closer is shaped and sized to, on tightening of the collet closet, radially compress the collet to grip the sheath.’
    • ‘The classic Porter-Cable 690 router is distinguished by auto-releasing collets, micrometer depth-of-cut adjustment, and D-handled bases.’
    • ‘The shaft of the cutting tool fits into a collet, which in turn fits into the chuck sleeve.’
    • ‘The main advantages of the sliding headstock portion of the machine are that it can load the part into the collet with extreme precision, turn the part very precisely and handle heavy metal removal.’
    • ‘It features a releasing collet that prevents the bit from seizing and comes with both 1/4-and 1/2-inch collets. [The related Porter Cable 693 PK with plunge base kit is also popular. - Ed.]’
    1. 1.1 A small collar in a clock to which the inner end of a balance spring is attached.
      ring, band, collet, sleeve, pipe, flange, rim, rib
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  • 2A flange or socket for setting a gem in jewellery.

    • ‘Six diamonds in collet settings serve as the ‘prongs’ to hold the hessonite garnet in place.’
    • ‘In wearing the ring, he noticed that when he turned the collet or face of the ring in toward his palm, he became invisible.’
    • ‘The necklace in Plate IX, based on the hopvine, is set with thirty different colored gemstones, each mounted in a collet setting with two leaves and three conelike blossoms.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a piece of armour to protect the neck): from Old French, diminutive of col neck, from Latin collum.

Pronunciation:

collet

/ˈkɒlɪt/