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[kol-it] /ˈkɒl ɪt/

a collar or enclosing band.
the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
a slotted cylindrical clamp inserted tightly into the tapered interior of a sleeve or chuck on a lathe to hold a cylindrical piece of work.
Horology. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
verb (used with object), colleted, colleting.
to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
(in a jewellery setting) a band or coronet-shaped claw that holds an individual stone
(mechanical engineering) an externally tapered sleeve made in two or more segments and used to grip a shaft passed through its centre when the sleeve is compressed by being inserted in a tapered hole
(horology) a small collar that supports the inner end of the hairspring
(transitive) (jewellery) to mount in a collet

1520s, from French collet “little collar,” diminutive of col “neck,” from Latin collum (see collar (n.)).


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