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Meaning of collet

col•let

Pronunciation: (kol'it), [key]
— n., v., -let•ed, -let•ing.
—n.
  1. a collar or enclosing band.
  2. the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
  3. a slotted cylindrical clamp inserted tightly into the tapered interior of a sleeve or chuck on a lathe to hold a cylindrical piece of work.
  4. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
—v.t.
  1. to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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