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pallet1

Syllabification: pal·let
Pronunciation: /ˈpalət
 
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noun

1A straw mattress.
Example sentences
  • I had all the beds, all the air mattresses, couches and pallets.
  • 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.
1.1A crude or makeshift bed.
Example sentences
  • Inside, there were half a dozen crude pallets arranged about the remains of a small fire.
  • Drowsing on the makeshift pallet, he learns his first lesson of what it means to have money: the rich often endure boredom.
  • We were on a pallet with a mattress of straw, with a coarse but warm blanket over us.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French paillete, from paille 'straw', from Latin palea.

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  • The first sense recorded for this was ‘a flat wooden blade with a handle’ used to shape clay or plaster: it comes from French palette ‘little blade’, from Latin pala ‘spade’ (related to palus ‘stake’, see pale). The pallet used with a forklift truck is from the early 20th century. The French form was adopted directly in the early 17th century for the flat artist's palette on which to mix colours, with the sense of ‘range of colours’ developing in the late 18th century.

Words that rhyme with pallet

mallet, palette, valet

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Syllabification: pal·let
Pronunciation: /ˈpalət
 
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noun

1A portable platform on which goods can be moved, stacked, and stored, especially with the aid of a forklift.
Example sentences
  • Vegetation occupied by snails in the zone to be inundated will be removed by hand, stacked on pallets and moved above the flood.
  • When we arrived a number of pallets had been stacked up against the outside the building and set alight.
  • After an aluminum pallet holds 12 stacked crates, the computer opens a gate allowing the pallet to move forward for further loading.
2A flat wooden blade with a handle, used to shape clay or plaster.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3An artist’s palette.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
4A projection on a machine part, serving to change the mode of motion of a wheel.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The scanning is performed on a horizontal machining center with pallet changer.
4.1(In a clock or watch) a projection transmitting motion from an escapement to a pendulum or balance wheel.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English ( (sense 2)): from French palette 'little blade', from Latin pala 'spade'; compare with pale2.

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  • The first sense recorded for this was ‘a flat wooden blade with a handle’ used to shape clay or plaster: it comes from French palette ‘little blade’, from Latin pala ‘spade’ (related to palus ‘stake’, see pale). The pallet used with a forklift truck is from the early 20th century. The French form was adopted directly in the early 17th century for the flat artist's palette on which to mix colours, with the sense of ‘range of colours’ developing in the late 18th century.

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Syllabification: pal·let
Pronunciation: /ˈpalət
 
/

noun

Heraldry
The diminutive of the pale, a narrow vertical strip, usually borne in groups of two or three.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Origin

late 15th century: diminutive of the noun pale2.

More
  • The first sense recorded for this was ‘a flat wooden blade with a handle’ used to shape clay or plaster: it comes from French palette ‘little blade’, from Latin pala ‘spade’ (related to palus ‘stake’, see pale). The pallet used with a forklift truck is from the early 20th century. The French form was adopted directly in the early 17th century for the flat artist's palette on which to mix colours, with the sense of ‘range of colours’ developing in the late 18th century.

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