1. Same as Palette.

2. A wooden implement used by potters, crucible makers, etc, for forming, beating, and rounding their works. It is oval, round, and of other forms. A potter's wheel.

3. An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it. A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.

4. A board on which a newly molded brick is conveyed to the hack.

5. <machinery> A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel. One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.

6. 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.

7. In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.

8. <zoology> One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, as the Teredo.

9. A cup containing three ounces, ormerly used by surgeons.

Origin: F. Palette: af. It. Paletta; prop. And orig, a fire shovel, dim. Of L. Pala a shovel, spade. See Peel a shovel.

(01 Mar 1998)

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