- 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.
pallet definition by Webster's New World
- 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: French palette: see palette
Origin: Middle English pailet ; from Middle French paillet ; from Old French paille, straw ; from Classical Latin palea, chaff: see palea
Origin: Middle English palet ; from Middle French diminutive of pal, pale
pallet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English palet, tongue depressor, from Old French palete, small potter's shovel; see palette.
- A narrow hard bed or straw-filled mattress.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. A temporary bed made from bedding arranged on the floor, especially for a child.
Origin: Middle English paillet, from Anglo-Norman, bundle of straw, from paille, straw, from Late Latin palea; see paillasse.