- 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 - An 88" x 108" 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 Webster'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.