- a kind of hammer, usually with a heavy wooden head and a short handle, for driving a chisel, etc.
- a long-handled hammer with a cylindrical wooden head, used in playing croquet
- a similar instrument, but with a longer, flexible handle, used in playing polo
- a small, light hammer, usually with a felt-covered head, used for playing a vibraphone, xylophone, etc.
Origin of malletMiddle English malyet from Middle French maillet, diminutive of mail from Old French maile: see maul
- a. A short-handled hammer, usually with a cylindrical head of wood, used chiefly to drive a chisel or wedge.b. A similar tool with a rubber, leather, or plastic head, used to strike a surface without damaging it.
- Sports A long-handled implement used to strike a ball, as in croquet and polo.
- Music A light hammer with a rounded head for striking a percussion instrument.
Origin of malletMiddle English mailet, mallet from Old French maillet diminutive of mail maul ; see maul .
(third-person singular simple present mallets, present participle malleting, simple past and past participle malleted)
- To strike with a mallet.
- A type of articulated locomotive, in which there are two powered trucks, with the rear truck being rigidly attached to the main body and boiler of the locomotive, while the front powered truck is attached to the rear by a hinge, so that it may swing from side to side, and with the front end of the boiler resting upon a sliding bearing on the swinging front truck.
Derived from the name of the inventor, Swiss engineer Anatole Mallet
- (cryptography) Often the malicious party in examples of threat scenarios (synonym: Mallory). See Alice and Bob.
Cryptographic scenarios use archetypal characters with standard names chosen to remember their role: Mallet was derived from "malicious" and "man-in-the-middle attack", as well as a mallet.