- The definition of a pallet is a portable platform used to move or store goods or a tool used by potters to smooth clay.
An example of a pallet is a large platform that lumber is stacked on in order to be moved for delivery.
A stack of wooden pallets.
- a wooden tool consisting of a flat blade with a handle; esp., such a tool used by potters for smoothing and rounding
- palette (sense )
- a low, portable platform, usually double-faced, on which materials are stacked for storage or transportation, as in a warehouse
- Bookbinding a tool used for stamping letters on the binding of a book
- Mech. a part of a machine that changes back-and-forth motion to circular motion, or vice versa, by engaging the teeth of a ratchet wheel; pawl; click; esp., any of the clicks or pawls in a clock or watch escapement, which regulate the speed by releasing one tooth of a ratchet wheel at each swing of the pendulum or turn of the balance wheel
Origin of palletFrench palette: see palette
Origin of palletMiddle English pailet ; from Middle French paillet ; from Old French paille, straw ; from Classical Latin palea, chaff: see palea
Origin of palletMiddle English palet ; from Middle French diminutive of pal, pale
- A projection on a machine part, such as a pawl for controlling the motion of a ratchet wheel in a watch escapement, that engages the teeth of a ratchet wheel to convert reciprocating motion to rotary motion or vice versa.
- A wooden, shovellike potter's tool used for mixing and shaping clay.
- A metal tool used for printing on book bindings.
- A fine brush used for taking up and applying gold leaf.
- A portable platform used for storing or moving cargo or freight.
- A painter's palette.
Origin of palletMiddle English palet, tongue depressor, from Old French palete, small potter's shovel; see palette.
- A narrow hard bed or straw-filled mattress.
- Chiefly Southern US A temporary bed made from bedding arranged on the floor, especially for a child.
Origin of palletMiddle English paillet, from Anglo-Norman, bundle of straw, from paille, straw, from Late Latin palea; see paillasse.
- a portable platform, usually designed to be easily moved by a forklift, on which goods can be stacked, for transport or storage.
- (military) A flat base for combining stores or carrying a single item to form a unit load for handling, transportation, and storage by materials handling equipment .
- (military) (DOD only) 463L pallet â€“ An 88â€ x 108â€ aluminum flat base used to facilitate the upload and download of aircraft .
- (heraldry) A narrow vertical strip.
- (painting) Archaic form of palette.
- A wooden implement, often oval or round, used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works.
- A potter's wheel.
- (gilding) An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it.
- (gilding) A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.
- (brickmaking) A board on which a newly moulded brick is conveyed to the hack.
- (engineering) A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel.
- (engineering) One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.
- (horology) One of the pieces or levers connected with the pendulum of a clock, or the balance of a watch, which receive the immediate impulse of the scape-wheel, or balance wheel.
- (music) In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.
- (zoology) One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, such as the Teredo.
- A cup containing three ounces, formerly used by surgeons.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.