- a metal band or ring, such as is used in a watch to hold the end of a balance spring
- a small metal band used in ring settings
- a chuck with a conical or tapered end, for gripping circular pieces to be turned on a lathe
Origin of colletFr, diminutive of col, the neck from Classical Latin collum: see collar
to set in, or furnish with, a collet
- A cone-shaped sleeve used for holding circular or rodlike pieces in a lathe or other machine.
- A metal collar used in watchmaking to join one end of a balance spring to the balance staff.
- A circular flange or rim, as in a ring, into which a gem is set.
Origin of colletFrench diminutive of col collar from Latin collum neck ; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative form of colet.