col·​let | \ ˈkä-lət How to pronounce collet (audio) \

Definition of collet

: a metal band, collar, ferrule, or flange: such as
a : a casing or socket for holding a tool (such as a drill bit)
b : a circle or flange in which a gem is set

Examples of collet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Floeting diamond stands alone, with no gems on either side of it to block light, and the diamond is specially cut to accommodate the metal collet. Carol Besler, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 The bracelets consist of 112 diamonds with a total weight of approximately 150-carats and are open back and set into silver collet settings with gold on the clasp—much of the design was indicative of the period with the exception of the open back. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Next, place an aluminum-oxide grinding stone into the rotary tool and tighten the collet nut. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 21 Jan. 2020 From the plastic collet of the needle came a bloody froth. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of collet

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collet

Middle French, diminutive of col collar, from Latin collum neck — more at collar

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“Collet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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