• WordNet 3.6
    • n pallet board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used
    • n pallet a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed
    • n pallet a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay
    • n pallet a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it
    • n pallet the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pallet (Brickmaking) A board on which a newly molded brick is conveyed to the hack.
    • Pallet (Mach) A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel.
    • Pallet A cup containing three ounces, -- formerly used by surgeons.
    • Pallet A low movable platform used for temporary storage of objects so that they can be conveniently moved; it is commonly made of wooden boards, about 4 inches high, and typically has openings in the side into which the blades of a fork-lift truck may be inserted so as to lift and move the pallet and the objects on it.
    • n Pallet (Her) A perpendicular band upon an escutcheon, one half the breadth of the pale.
    • Pallet (Pottery) A potter's wheel.
    • n pallet păl"lĕt A small and mean bed; a bed of straw.
    • Pallet (Gilding) A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.
    • Pallet (Pottery) A wooden implement used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works. It is oval, round, and of other forms.
    • Pallet (Gilding) An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it.
    • Pallet (Mus) In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.
    • Pallet (Zoöl) One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, as the Teredo. See Illust. of Teredo.
    • Pallet (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.
    • Pallet (Mach) One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.
    • Pallet (Paint) Same as Palette.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pallet A mattress, couch, or bed, especially one of straw.
    • n pallet An oval or round wooden instrument used by potters, crucible-makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their wares.
    • n pallet In gilding, an instrument used to take up the gold-leaves from the pillow, and to apply and extend them.
    • n pallet In bookbinding: A shallow box of brass, fitted with an end- and side-screw and handle, in which are fastened the types selected for lettering the backs of books.
    • n pallet A brass plate engraved with the letters to be used for the back of a book, and fitted with a handle: used by book-gilders.
    • n pallet In painting, same as palette.
    • n pallet In organ-building, a hinged wooden valve intended to admit or to release the compressed air; especially, a valve operated by a digital of a keyboard, by which the air is admitted to a groove or channel over which stand the pipes belonging to that digital; also, a valve (waste-pallet) which allows the surplus air to escape when the storage-bellows is too full. Also called valve-pallet. See cut under organ.
    • n pallet A board on which green bricks are carried to the hack or to the drying-place.
    • n pallet A lip or projection on the point of a pawl engaging the teeth of a wheel, as the pallet on a pendulum or on the arbor of a balance-wheel in a clock or watch, or, in some forms of feed-motions, for transforming a reciprocating motion into a rotary motion, or the reverse. It is always used with the escapement of a clock or watch, whatever its shape. See gathering-pallet.
    • n pallet A ballast-locker, formerly built in the hold of a ship.
    • n pallet One of the disks on the chain of a chain-pump.
    • n pallet In conchology, one of the accessory valves of a mollusk, as of a piddock or teredo. See cut under accessory.
    • n pallet A headpiece, or cap of fence, of leather, or of leather and metal.
    • n pallet The crown of the head; the skull; the head.
    • n pallet In heraldry, a diminutive of the pale, of which it is only one half the breadth. See pale, 5.
    • n pallet One of the small spatulate or lance-shape calcareous plates which form part of the boring apparatus of the shells of ship-worms of the family Teredinidæ.
    • n pallet In bell-founding, same as crown, 7 .
    • n pallet In ceramics, a potters' wheel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pallet pal′et a palette: the tool used by potters for shaping their wares: an instrument for spreading gold-leaf: a tool used in lettering the backs of books: one of the points moved by the pendulum of a clock which check the motion of the escape or balance wheel: a disc in the endless chain of a chain-pump: a ballast-locker in a ship: a valve by which the admission of air from the bellows to an organ-pipe may be regulated from the keyboard: a board for carrying newly moulded bricks.
    • n Pallet pal′et a mattress, or couch, properly a mattress of straw.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. paillet, F. paillet, a heap of straw, fr. paille, straw, fr. L. palea, chaff; cf. Gr. fine meal, dust, Skr. pala, straw, palāva, chaff. Cf. Paillasse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prov. Fr. paillet, dim. of Fr. paille, straw—L. palea, chaff.


In literature:

At last he went away, and our hero, left to himself, lay down upon his pallet and tried to get to sleep.
"Fame and Fortune" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Ned entered, and, advancing as well as he could in a stooping posture, sat down beside the sick man's pallet, and felt his pulse.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
Zaidos found his pallet behind a great door opening on the street.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
When he goes the rounds at supper time he will be surprised to find my pallet empty.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
In the room next beyond I could see pallets of straw laid upon the floor, which served for beds.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Needed my pallet for some other poor devil.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Most of de chillun slept on pallets on de floor, but I slept wid my Pa and Ma 'cause I was so pettish.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
In winter they slept on a pallet and Akiba would pick the straws out of her wonderfully long and beautiful hair.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
He rose in the dark from his pallet of straw in the hall where lay the other pages, and stole softly out.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
He squatted down beside Chiara's pallet and knew there could be no hope for him.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin

In poetry:

Up, lad: thews that lie and cumber
Sunlit pallets never thrive;
Morns abed and daylight slumber
Were not meant for man alive.
"IV: Reveille" by A E Housman
Next comes little Moggy, our dear little Moggy,
But before she is brought out to view,
We'll new colors select, add fresh tints to the whole,
And spread all on our pallet anew.
"My S.S. Class" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
When reposing that night on my pallet of straw,
By the wolf-scaring fagot that guarded the slain,
At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.
"The Soldier's Dream" by Thomas Campbell
Friend of the wretched; smoother of the couch
Of pining hope; thy pitying form I know!
Where thro' the wakeful night,
By a dim taper's light,
Lies a pale youth, upon his pallet low,
Whose wan and woe-worn charms rekindle at thy touch.
"Zophiel - Invocation" by Maria Gowen Brooks
I heard my harsh laugh go out to the shore
And saw - saw at last, swimming up from the green
Low mounds of the lake, the white stone swans:
The white, named swans . . . "It is all a dream,"
I whispered, and reached from the down of the pallet
"The Black Swan" by Randall Jarrell
Joseph was tempted by his mistress vile.
Thou by the devil, but both shame the foe.
Joseph was cast into the jail awhile.
And so was Thou. Sweet apples mellow so.
Joseph did from his jail to glory run.
Thou from death's pallet rose like morning sun.
"Preparatory Meditations - Second Series: 7" by Edward Taylor

In news:

Authorities say a large fire burned pieces of pallets and debris at a landfill in Genesee County.
This system has the capability of picking multiple layers at once as well as picking and placing entire pallet loads.
The system can apply stretch bands or film to product on a pallet, while the pallets are still inside the palletizer.
42' Telescopic Forklift, 8,000 Lb Cap, Pallet Forks, Carriage Rotate.
Fire Marshal investigates Kalmer Lumber and Pallet Company fire.
ITW Muller , Arlington Heights, Ill. Has announced its new company structure to provide customers with access to a greater variety of pallet wrapping products.
Plastic pallets in the news.
The delivery of industrial-sized pallets of Charmin Ultra Strong to the warehouse on Erskine in - 9:50 am.
Columbia/Okura palletizers use precision robotics and tooling to effectively handle and stack large woven poly bags of weights up to 50 kgs.
Palletizing and Unitizing of Loads.
Pallet People People in the pallet inudustry.
Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons Used wood pallets stack up, ready for creative repurposing.
Determining Cause of Pallet Plant Fire Could Take Days.
The new pallet truck from Interthor.
In its pace-setting goal of getting suppliers to ship cases and pallets through an RFID tracking system, pharmaceutical suppliers have blown its first deadline.

In science:

It is played by compressing or expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves (called pallets) to open for air to flow across reeds to produce sound.
Music in Terms of Science
But a player of a standard accordion can still bend the pitch downward with a combination of increased pressure from the bellows and restricted airflow achieved by partially opening a pallet valve.
Music in Terms of Science
The loads are all crates that can be stacked and unstacked onto a fixed set of pallets at the locations.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis
Either a truck can be brought in to act as a “table” or more complex lifting and stacking can be performed using the locally available pallets as transfer space.
The 3rd International Planning Competition: Results and Analysis