• WordNet 3.6
    • v fillet cut into filets "filet the fish"
    • v fillet decorate with a lace of geometric designs
    • n fillet fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
    • n fillet a narrow headband or strip of ribbon worn as a headband
    • n fillet a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
    • n fillet a longitudinal slice or boned side of a fish
    • n fillet a boneless steak cut from the tenderloin of beef
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fillet A border of broad or narrow lines of color or gilt.
    • Fillet (Mach) A concave filling in of a reëntrant angle where two surfaces meet, forming a rounded corner.
    • Fillet (Anat) A fascia; a band of fibers; applied esp. to certain bands of white matter in the brain.
    • Fillet A little band, especially one intended to encircle the hair of the head. "A belt her waist, a fillet binds her hair."
    • Fillet (Arch) A narrow flat member; especially, a flat molding separating other moldings; a reglet; also, the space between two flutings in a shaft. See Illust. of Base, and Column.
    • Fillet (Cooking) A piece of lean meat without bone; sometimes, a long strip rolled together and tied.
    • Fillet A thin strip or ribbon; esp.: A strip of metal from which coins are punched. A strip of card clothing. A thin projecting band or strip.
    • Fillet (Her) An ordinary equaling in breadth one fourth of the chief, to the lowest portion of which it corresponds in position.
    • Fillet Any scantling smaller than a batten.
    • Fillet (Man) The loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests.
    • Fillet The raised molding about the muzzle of a gun.
    • Fillet (Mech) The thread of a screw.
    • v. t Fillet To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fillet A little band to tie about the hair of the head.
    • n fillet A bill or paper kept on a file; a bill of fare.
    • n fillet In architecture: A small molding having the appearance of a narrow flat band; an annulet; a list; a listel. It often projects, and is then rectangular in section. It is generally used to separate ornaments and moldings.
    • n fillet The ridge between the flutes of a column; a facet.
    • n fillet In heraldry: A bearing consisting of a barrulet occupying a position corresponding to the lower edge of the chief.
    • n fillet A bearing consisting of a quarter of the bordure.
    • n fillet Same as baston: in this sense usually called fillet of bastardy. Also combel.
    • n fillet In technology: In carpentry: A strip nailed to a wall or partition to support a shelf, or a strip for a door to close against. A strip set into an angle between two boards.
    • n fillet In gilding, a band of gold-leaf on a picture-frame or elsewhere.
    • n fillet In coining, a strip of metal rolled to a certain size.
    • n fillet The thread of a screw.
    • n fillet A ring on the muzzle of a gun, etc.
    • n fillet In a dairy, a perforated curb by which cheese-curds are confined.
    • n fillet In bookbinding, a wheel-shaped tool on the edge of which is engraved a line or decoration, which is impressed on the backs or covers of books.
    • n fillet In telegraphy, a paper ribbon upon which telegrams are recorded.
    • n fillet In printing, a rule with broad or broad and narrow lines, principally used as a border.
    • n fillet In weaving, a strip of card-clothing.
    • n fillet A muscle, or a piece of meat composed of muscle; especially, the fleshy part of the thigh. The fillet of beef is the tenderloin; the fillet of veal, a thick piece cut from the leg; the fillet of chicken, the breast.
    • n fillet In the manège, the loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests.
    • n fillet In cooking: A piece of beef, veal, or chicken, etc., boned and rolled, generally larded, tied round to keep it in shape, roasted or baked, and served with various sauces.
    • n fillet A thick slice of fish.
    • n fillet In anatomy, some special bundle of nerve-fibers; specifically, a band of longitudinal fibers lying in the ventral and outer parts of the tegmental region of the brain. Its distribution is not completely known, but it seems to connect below with the posterior columns of the spinal cord and above with the corpora quadrigemina, optic thalami, lenticular nucleus, and cortex cerebri. Also called lemniscus.
    • n fillet In entomology: A narrow transverse colored band or mark, or an encircling band.
    • n fillet The space between the eyes and the base of the mandibles or cheliceræ, as of a spider.
    • fillet To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet or little band.
    • n fillet The rounded corner of a groove in a roll, or of a pattern for molding, etc.
    • n fillet A loop-shaped instrument or bandage by means of which, when passed over a projecting part of the fetus, traction is made in cases of tedious or obstructed labor.
    • fillet In cooking: To form into or dress as a fillet, as a piece of beef.
    • fillet To cut fillets from, as from a chicken or a fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fillet fil′et a little string or band, esp. to tie round the head: meat or fish boned and rolled, roasted or baked: a piece of meat composed of muscle, esp. the fleshy part of the thigh:
    • v.t Fillet to bind or adorn with a fillet:—pr.p. fill′eting; pa.p. fill′eted
    • n Fillet fil′et (archit.) a small space or band used along with mouldings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. filet, felet, fr. OF. filet, thread, fillet of meat, dim. of fil, a thread, fr. L. filum,. See Fille a row
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. filet, dim. of fil, from L. filum, a thread.


In literature:

He remained all day on the sea-shore, his head only held on to his body by a fillet.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
It is better for the cook to fillet the soles, for there is often much waste when it is done by the fishmonger.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Melt the sealing compound and pour it around the outer edge to make a fillet in the groove.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Lining this throng were unbending fillets of scarlet statues, the "Mounties" of the guard.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
This will necessitate fillets affixed to plugs in the brickwork.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
The crown is flat and is surrounded by a fillet of twisted wire.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
We were next to consider the fillet.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The sloping fillet is indeed found down to late periods; and the vertical fillet, as in No.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
These fillets are usefully applied likewise over junctures luted together with wax and rosin.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Remove the skin from a sea bass, bone and cut fillets in pieces for serving.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
The hair, curled, and perfumed with fragrant ointments, was confined by a fillet.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He is thinking the filleted sole very good indeed, and is lost to all other ideas.
"Portia" by Duchess
Fillets of silver pierce the horizon, glittering as they wind nearer between over-hanging birches and poplars.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
Spread each fillet on a board and with a knife scrape the flesh from the skin of the fillet.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
At the same instant the fillet was drawn from my eyes.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
When supper was ended, their bard, in his singing-robes and girt around the temples with a golden fillet, stood up and sang.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Give me fillets of plaice, small white and cut.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
He who has a quiver on his back, wings on his shoulders, and a fillet over his eyes.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
Serve with the fillet of beef as a single course the mushrooms, rolls, potatoes and asparagus.
"Dinners and Luncheons" by Paul Pierce

In poetry:

But, Porter! when on thee she smil'd,
The fillet from her eyes she mov'd,
To view the merit all approv'd—
A mind inform'd, a heart unsoil'd.
"Lines To Sir Robert Ker Porter, Knight Of The Imperial Order Of St, Joachim" by Sir John Carr
Ivy for my fillet band,
Blinding dogwood in my hand,
Hemlock for my sherbet cull me,
And the prussic juice to lull me,
Swing me in the upas boughs,
Vampire-fanned, when I carouse.
"Mithridates" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I was a King's tall daughter still unwed,
Slim and desirable my locks to shed
Free from the fillet. He my maiden belt
Undid with busy fingers hid but felt,
And made me wife upon no marriage bed.
"Oreithyia" by Maurice Hewlett
I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
"Days" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In news:

The nutty almond crust on these flaky fish fillets will lure your gang to the table in an instant.
Skinless cod fillets (1-1/2 pounds total).
Chef Guy's Crusted Herb Salmon Fillets.
4 salmon fillets, 5 to 6 ounces each.
400g of salmon fillets, skin off.
Rub olive oil lightly on fillets and place in iron skillet on medium heat until desired temperature.
) skinless fish fillets 1 tsp.
2 1/4 lb salmon fillet, skinned and pin-boned.
6 dove fillets 1 TBS.
Fresh sole fillets 1-8 oz.
Fillets of fish raised without hormones end up at retailers such as Whole Foods Market.
We picked up six pounds, which worked out to about two fish each, and he filleted them right on the spot.
South Paws Flounder Fillets and Avocado Sandwich.
If you cannot find it, use sole or cod fillet.
1 1/2 lbs fluke fillet.