One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A straw mattress.
- ‘There was a table, two chairs and another straw pallet in front of the fire that could be used as a seating area or another bed.’
- ‘Marcy sat down hard on the straw pallet on which she had been sleeping and ran her hands through her hair.’
- ‘I sat on my straw pallet for a few seconds, contemplating how whatever, or whoever, had made a sound so indiscriminately unpleasant would die.’
- ‘The bed had a thick straw pallet for mattress, and the sheets were threadbare and grubby, but they had slept on worse.’
- ‘Sleeping pallets filled with cheap straw - uncomfortable to sleep on, but the boys were usually tired enough not to care - were scattered about her, each with a figure sprawled out on top.’
- ‘He was lying on his back upon a straw pallet; they had given him a couple of horse-blankets, and he seemed to have spent the remainder of his strength in the exertion of cleaning himself.’
- ‘I walked over to where a straw pallet had been set out on the floor and flopped down onto it, using my pack as a pillow.’
- ‘She sighed heavily upon her straw pallet, playing deaf to Sophia's stories and seeking excuse to avoid expressing heartfelt gratitude for Laura's kindness.’
- ‘These slaves are kept in line with mind control shackles and sleep on simple straw pallets.’
- ‘She owned the inn, and had given her a place by the fire on a warm straw pallet.’
- ‘I had all the beds, all the air mattresses, couches and pallets.’
- ‘Yeager invited Sanders to share his straw pallet by the fire, and Sanders gratefully assented.’
- ‘He got up from his straw pallet, cursing silently at having been interrupted from a good dream about riding the open plains in the summer.’
- ‘Exhausted, Jean slumped into the straw pallet and closed her eyes.’
- ‘He was in a shallow cave, lying on a large pallet covered with blankets and furs that filled a lot of the available space.’
- ‘A small cot, no better in quality than the straw pallets in the other room, was held off the floor and set up against the wall on her left side.’
- ‘It's not like she lies shackled to her straw pallet next to the kitchen hearth, deprived of both comfort and privacy.’
- ‘The walls were damp on two sides, and I placed my baggage down on a small straw pallet, laid on the floor.’
- 1.1 A crude or makeshift bed.
- ‘We were on a pallet with a mattress of straw, with a coarse but warm blanket over us.’
- ‘The film shows the pallet being used as a chair, a bed, a table, a play surface and a mat for changing nappies.’
- ‘A thousand times over she had longed to trade these countless beds for her secure pallet.’
- ‘He grabbed a twig from the kindling stacked near his pallet and moved to kneel in the doorway.’
- ‘Inside, there were half a dozen crude pallets arranged about the remains of a small fire.’
- ‘The unitary set consisted only of a brightly lit room where the sisters resided, furnished with a table and a few chairs, a pallet, and a floor-standing mirror.’
- ‘Drowsing on the makeshift pallet, he learns his first lesson of what it means to have money: the rich often endure boredom.’
- ‘After sitting, resting, and chatting aimlessly for a while, Kei told me she was going to sleep for a little bit, so I let her lay her sleeping pallet down on the ground and so forth.’
- ‘For the ride home Mr. Russo put down the rear seats of the station wagon and Carmela piled all the blankets and towels to make a soft pallet for us to lie upon.’
- ‘She immediately sat down, unpacked her sleeping pallet and blankets and fell asleep.’
- ‘He was still out when I turned in that Saturday night, and I happened to notice the grey blanket laid out on his pallet.’
- ‘Small areas are sectioned off where people are sleeping on mattresses on pallets.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French paillete, from paille ‘straw’, from Latin palea.
1A portable platform on which goods can be moved, stacked, and stored, especially with the aid of a forklift.
- ‘We made it down on Wednesday and happily soaked in the familiarity of their usual displays, the electronic player piano, the rows of soda fridges along one wall, and pallets in the aisles stacked with merchandise.’
- ‘Then came the last pallet, the ammo pallet, which was advertised at 1,120 pounds.’
- ‘When we arrived a number of pallets had been stacked up against the outside the building and set alight.’
- ‘A robotic arm picks up the bag, rotates it to the other side of the machine, sets it down on a pallet and stacks the pallet.’
- ‘So while the work here isn't all that different than at other warehouses around town - driving forklifts, moving pallets, loading trucks - the attire for workers is.’
- ‘They brought in 18 pallets of tents, food and cots.’
- ‘Vegetation occupied by snails in the zone to be inundated will be removed by hand, stacked on pallets and moved above the flood.’
- ‘Bricks, stones, pieces of concrete and petrol bombs were thrown indiscriminately, while barricades were built across the street using mattresses and wooden pallets, which were then set on fire.’
- ‘Eventually, along the side of the road, we came across pallets stacked with light brown gneiss tiles.’
- ‘Pallets and pallets of brand new goods are being deposited there every day, and there is a whole warehouse full of clothes and other household items.’
- ‘Next to the beds sit night tables made from recycled shipping pallets.’
- ‘After an aluminum pallet holds 12 stacked crates, the computer opens a gate allowing the pallet to move forward for further loading.’
- ‘‘I see pallets and pallets of pop going to the villages,’ said Kovaleski, who travels around the state treating patients.’
- ‘It is, indeed, this large plastic sheet that was originally used as a cover for a pallet of construction material that was being used on the Richmond San Rafael Bridge retro fit.’
- ‘The device has a telescopic arm which hooks into the pallet and the forklift to carry pallets to the end of the lorry.’
- ‘While we shut down, I remembered what was in the pallets we just had moved.’
- ‘Different types of pallets and pallet arrangements represent a new type of more effective inventory management.’
- ‘Imagine the benefits of tracking those pallets, and the cases on the pallets, from manufacturing to the point of sale.’
- ‘A pallet of beer, a pallet of soda and some potato chips and munchies were purchased as the initial stock.’
- ‘A mile or so down the freeway, an army truck lost a couple of pallets of rations on a tight turn.’
2A flat wooden blade with a handle, used to shape clay or plaster.
- ‘Use an artist's pallet knife or similar tool to apply yellow wood glue between the veneer and the substrate.’
- ‘Impasto thickness can be created and can be enhanced with the use of a pallet knife.’
3A projection on a machine part, serving to change the mode of motion of a wheel.
- ‘The scanning is performed on a horizontal machining center with pallet changer.’
- ‘This system combines a pneumatically actuated chuck with a pallet to hold the workpiece.’
- ‘The Barker lever was a small bellows operated by a second pallet valve connected to the key.’
- 3.1 (in a clock or watch) a projection transmitting motion from an escapement to a pendulum or balance wheel.
- ‘Where there is a separate carrier for the pallets, as in the lever escapement, this can be considered as part of the controller.’
- ‘The pallet lever, timed by the balance wheel, alternately stops and releases the escape wheel and is thus responsible for actually carrying out the timing.’
4An artist's palette.
- ‘She was like an artist's pallet that was blank except for a few places where color was dotted about.’
- ‘But I could never reproduce it - the shape, the mix of colors scooped from my frenzied pallet.’
- ‘In light of the BBC cutting back and mutually slicing ties with Harrison, they've effectively left an artist without his pallet, a teacher without his blackboard.’
- ‘A painting pallet was on a wooden stool in front of the easel.’
- ‘This will give you an idea of the size, shape and colour pallet against the wall.’
- ‘She had a wooden pallet in one hand, a large brush in the other, and her head phones on so loud he could hear the back beat of the song loud and clear.’
- ‘On the floor are a turkey in the process of being stuffed, the jaw and massive bone of a mastodon, and an artist's pallet, all carefully placed icons representing the museum.’
- ‘Some of the tools and equipment used by the artists, for example lamps, mixing pallets, mortars and pestles, and engraving tools have been found in the caves.’
Late Middle English (in pallet (sense 2)): from French palette ‘little blade’, from Latin pala ‘spade’ (related to palus ‘stake’).
The diminutive of the pale, a narrow vertical strip, usually borne in groups of two or three.
- ‘The Arms are blazoned Gules on each of three Pallets Or a Pallet Sable thereon a Leek Or.’
- ‘Some describe the Keith arms as "argent, on a chief or, three pallets gules" (silver shield with three, vertical red stripes on gold in the top 1/3rd of the shield).’
Late 15th century: diminutive of the noun pale.
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