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pallet1

[pal-it] /ˈpæl ɪt/
noun
1.
a bed or mattress of straw.
2.
a small or makeshift bed.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English pailet < Anglo-French paillete, equivalent to Old French paille straw (< Latin palea chaff) + -ete ette
Can be confused
palate, palette, pallet.

pallet2

[pal-it] /ˈpæl ɪt/
noun
1.
a small, low, portable platform on which goods are placed for storage or moving, as in a warehouse or vehicle.
2.
a flat board or metal plate used to support ceramic articles during drying.
3.
Horology.
  1. a lever with three projections, two of which intermittently lock and receive impulses from the escape wheel and one which transmits these impulses to the balance.
  2. either of the two projections of this lever that engage and release the escape wheel.
4.
a painter's palette.
5.
(on a pawl) a lip or projection that engages with the teeth of a ratchet wheel.
6.
Printing. typeholder.
7.
(in gilding) an instrument used to take up the gold leaves from the pillow and to apply and extend them.
8.
a shaping tool used by potters and consisting of a flat blade or plate with a handle at one end.
9.
Bookbinding.
  1. a tool for decorating the spine of a book.
  2. the stamping of the name of the binder on the inside covers of a book.
verb (used with object), palleted, palleting.
10.
Origin
1550-60; < Middle French palette small shovel. See palette
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  • It became an element in their circuit training, where they'd jump from our bed to the pallet.
  • Twenty boxes of science equipment are strapped to the flat aluminum pallet with web cargo nets.
  • There is a fire hazard in a cardboard and pallet temporary structure.
  • Group writing, recursive dialogue, critique and text-artworks are all part of the pallet of approaches to the subject.
  • Most of the food in this pallet was rendered inedible by the crash-landing.
  • The truck driver moved a huge pallet of potatoes onto a pallet truck and rolled it to the door of the school.
  • She stood by her folding pallet in the corner of the room and held up before her the two dresses that were hers.
  • Next to one wall was a pallet on the floor, which consisted of a narrower mattress similar to that in the bedroom.
  • pallet lift that automatically adjusts to the correct height based on pallet weight.
  • When the path behind you is clear of obstructions, back straight out until the forks have cleared the pallet.
British Dictionary definitions for pallet

pallet1

/ˈpælɪt/
noun
1.
a straw-filled mattress or bed
2.
any hard or makeshift bed
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman paillet, from Old French paille straw, from Latin palea straw

pallet2

/ˈpælɪt/
noun
1.
an instrument with a handle and a flat, sometimes flexible, blade used by potters for shaping
2.
a standard-sized platform of box section open at two ends on which goods may be stacked. The open ends allow the entry of the forks of a lifting truck so that the palletized load can be raised and moved about easily
3.
(horology) the locking lever that engages and disengages alternate end pawls with the escape wheel to give impulses to the balance
4.
a variant spelling of palette (sense 1)
5.
(music) a flap valve of wood faced with leather that opens to allow air from the wind chest to enter an organ pipe, causing it to sound
Word Origin
C16: from Old French palette a little shovel, from pale spade, from Latin pala spade
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Word Origin and History for pallet
n.

"mattress," late 14c., from Anglo-French paillete "straw, bundle of straw," Old French paillet "chaff, bundle of straw," from paille "straw" (12c.), from Latin palea "chaff," perhaps cognate with Sanskrit palavah, Old Church Slavonic pleva, Russian peleva, Lithuanian pelus.

"flat wooden blade" used as a tool by potters, etc., early 15c., from Middle French palette, diminutive of pale "spade, shovel" (see palette). Meaning "large portable tray" used with a forklift for moving loads is from 1921.

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