One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A band of material around the neck of a shirt, dress, coat, or jacket, either upright or turned over and generally an integral part of the garment.‘we turned our collars up against the chill’
neckband, chokerView synonyms
- ‘Dirty cuffs and collars and destroyed shirt fronts were commonplace then.’
- ‘He looked really nice, in a track suit, I think it was mainly blue and lime green with bits of yellow and red round the collar.’
- ‘A blue chambray shirt with a button-downed collar was tucked neatly into the waistband of a pair of perfectly fitting black jeans.’
- ‘The dangling detached polo shirt collars and tiny tee shirts may take some getting used to.’
- ‘A Silver eagle broach is pinned to her cloth coat, a Hermes scarf splashes pink and black across the collar.’
- ‘I was hiding my face in the collar of my black velvet blazer, away from the sight of the class.’
- ‘Regardless of your taste in music, spangled shirts, four inch collars, glitzy sunglasses and platform shoes are in.’
- ‘Another popular vintage detail is a shirt collar made from a different fabric, usually a knit.’
- ‘In the context of an interview with mainstream corporate America, it's best to cover your tattoos and piercings with long-sleeved shirts, blouses, collars, and such.’
- ‘Nervously he tried to straighten his crumpled lab coat and shirt collar.’
- ‘I practically screamed, pulling on the collar of his hideous orange uniform until we were nose to nose.’
- ‘I sighed and grabbed Black by the collar and pulled him in to whisper my problem to him.’
- ‘He was wearing a white shirt with a collar, dark trousers and a three-quarter length jacket.’
- ‘A black suit, a collar, an air of piety: the uniform requirements of men of the cloth.’
- ‘Mark stood in blue uniform with gold stripes on his collar and black weapons handing from his belt.’
- ‘A shirt with a Chinese collar or high roll-neck, minus necktie, can spell casual elegance.’
- ‘There were three of them, of whom one with a long beard looked venerable; and they had red cloth collars round their necks and gold lace on their sleeves like Government officials.’
- ‘The coat was patterned red and gold like the wallpaper in the dining room of a stately home, had a round collar and was fastened with large gold military buttons.’
- ‘Tweed jackets are popular with the men, along with garish ties and socks, coloured shirts with white collars, coats with velvet lapels, yellow cords - all topped off with a flat cap or a trilby.’
- ‘She appreciatively fingered the delicate lace collar and black velvet trim.’
- 1.1short for clerical collar
- 1.2 A band put around the neck of an animal, used to restrain, control, or identify it.
- ‘Here's a tip: you should avoid using training collars on puppies under 16 weeks because their necks are still forming.’
- ‘The proposal would affect any cat not under an owner's direct control or without a collar.’
- ‘She licked my face as I fastened the leash onto her collar.’
- ‘The Greyhound bounced up and down happily as she clipped the leash to his chain collar.’
- ‘The basic training tools will be a collar, leash, chew toys and bones, gates, crates, and a bed.’
- ‘All pets should have collars and tags with easily visible identification.’
- ‘97 Use a harness on your dog when hiking instead of a collar and leash for less pull on his neck.’
- ‘Robb also said there was interest from police forces and search-and-rescue teams wanting to put the devices on the collars of dogs to transmit sound and pictures to their handlers.’
- ‘Not a greyhound but a mongrel; a snarling, biting, clawing dog who has to wear a spike collar round its neck for its own protection.’
- ‘Another thing animal lovers could possibly do during Deepavali is keep an eye out for lost companion animals with collars and tags.’
- ‘You may want to purchase some special items such as a dog carrier, a collar and leash, and perhaps a pen when confinement is necessary.’
- ‘I rummaged through some boxes to find his leash and hooked it on his collar.’
- ‘Choose from more than 30 collars and matching leashes.’
- ‘Dogs should always wear a collar with identification tags.’
- ‘It may be worth noting that many Scottish hill dogs never know the weight of a collar round their neck.’
- ‘I reported an injured cat which had somehow got its collar wrapped round its front leg.’
- ‘There are many types of training collars and leashes on the market.’
- ‘Jordan leaped up onto the bed and waited patiently for Howard to fasten the leash onto his collar so they could go to the grounds on the exterior of the house.’
- ‘Also introduce the puppy to the collar and leash, so he will be comfortable with these items.’
- ‘Her response was a nod of her head as she began towards the spot, taking a seat and clipping a leash to the collar of the pup before placing her once again upon the ground.’
- 1.3 A colored marking resembling a collar around the neck of a bird or other animal.
- ‘One option was to fit animals with GPS collars, which get position fixes from satellites to monitor movements and activity patterns.’
- ‘Then, if all went well, they would outfit the two-and-a-half-foot-long bird with a radio collar and transmitter.’
- ‘We fit 24 animals with radio collars to follow their movements and we also fly over and follow their tracks to take a census.’
- ‘The neck collars have radio transmitters attached so that the birds can be tracked over a wide area of North Yorkshire and found wherever they land.’
- ‘Testosterone-implanted males (with a control collar) were trialed against males with red, orange, blue, and control brown collars.’
- 1.4 A heavy rounded part of the harness worn by a draft animal, which rests at the base of its neck on the shoulders.
- ‘The rigid collar and tandem harness allowed teams to pull with equal strength and greater efficiency.’
- ‘But unless he can replace the stolen tack, collars and harness, he will be unable to take part.’
2A restraining or connecting band, ring, or pipe in machinery.
ring, band, collet, sleeve, pipe, flange, rim, ribView synonyms
- ‘The concrete pipes and collars on the sandy bottom created a tangled mass of intestines that lay unconnected to anything.’
- ‘The silicone end of the tubing is connected to the fitting located on the collar of the handpiece.’
- ‘Also look for a protective collar just below the coupling, which prevents the hose from kinking at the faucet.’
- ‘So when the collar for new valve went round the pipe, there wasn't contact all the way round, due to a distinct lack of pipe.’
- ‘Currently I've aligned the shim with the frameset cut and have the collar at 180 degrees to the seat lug.’
- ‘Diversion collars placed around the pipes, just below the sand surface, can be retrofitted if this begins to happen.’
- ‘The two are mechanically joined by small circular collars that have been punched into the metal during the stamping process and set themselves firmly in the plastic during cold-pressing.’
- ‘A stereolithographic method of fabricating the collars is disclosed.’
3British A piece of meat rolled up and tied.
- 3.1 A cut of bacon taken from the neck of a pig.
- ‘Living on a staple diet of belly pork, collar bacon, and beef dripping, her arteries should have been as choked as the M1 on a Friday evening.’
- 3.1 A cut of bacon taken from the neck of a pig.
4The part of a plant where the stem joins the roots.
- ‘Moreover, a healthy seedling's height will be roughly 50 times taller than its stem base or root collar.’
- ‘Pack the soil around seedling, completely covering the root collar.’
- ‘For example, V3 indicates the plant is in the vegetative stage and three leaf collars are visible.’
- ‘Cross sections collected at the root collar and at every meter were analyzed using standard dendrochronological techniques.’
- ‘3 Saw off the stub just beyond the raised collar of bark where the branch attaches to the trunk.’
- ‘Finally, make a third cut parallel to and just on the branch side of the of the stem collar to reduce the length of the stub as much as possible.’
- ‘Second generation borers initially feed on leaf collars and sheaths, cutting off the flow of nutrients to the developing ear.’
- ‘This corrected for shifts in the root collar position relative to the soil surface due to minor erosion or deposition.’
- ‘A proper pruning cut does not damage either the branch bark ridge or the branch collar.’
- ‘A trench is dug, seedling bundles are placed side by side, the trench is refilled and soil is packed tightly around the roots up to the root collar.’
- ‘Heads emerge from leaf collars beginning in early July, and flowering commences within days after head emergence.’
- ‘For the measurements, stem was severed above the collar region and the roots sealed in the pressure chamber.’
- ‘Trees up to 15.0 cm diameter at the root collar were included in the sample.’
- ‘Planting too deeply will cause collar rot; planting too shallowly will expose the roots.’
- ‘The clamp was located 10 cm from the collar, in most cases in the upper part of the third internode.’
- ‘Inserting the citronella later changes the scenario so the source of the spray traces back to the bark, not the collar.’
- ‘Remove limbs close to the trunk, but not so close that you cut into the collar of bark that circles the limb.’
- ‘Field defined as being at a given stage when at least 50% of plants show collars.’
- ‘Probably the smaller angle deflections in second and third-level joints were due to the presence of collar tissues.’
Middle English: from Old French colier, from Latin collare ‘band for the neck, collar’, from collum ‘neck’.
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