One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chip or splinter of stone inserted into wet mortar.
sliver, shiver, chip, shard, needleView synonyms
- ‘On four warm plates carefully invert the potato gallets and give them a good shake to loosen the potatoes from the moulds.’
- ‘The walls have a foundation of 1.35 meters high, and are also made of gallets.’
- ‘Downstream of the gallets, a wind-up device is arranged for the after-stretched polyester filaments.’
- ‘Between the individual gallets, working elements, for example heating devices such as plate heaters can be provided.’
Early 18th century: from French galet ‘rounded beach pebble’, from Old French gal ‘pebble, stone’.
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