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pal·let1 / ˈpalit/ • n. a straw mattress. ∎  a crude or makeshift bed. pal·let2 • n. 1. a portable platform on which goods can be moved, stacked, and stored, esp. with the aid of a forklift. 2. a flat wooden blade with a handle, used to shape clay or plaster. 3. an artist's palette. 4. a projection on a machine part, serving to change the mode of motion of a wheel. ∎  (in a clock or watch) a projection transmitting motion from an escapement to a pendulum or balance wheel. pal·let3 • n. Heraldry the diminutive of the pale, a narrow vertical strip, usually borne in groups of two or three.

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pallet2 flat-bladed wooden instrument XVI; flat board; projection which engages with the tooth of a wheel XVIII. — (O)F. palette, dim. of pale spade, blade:— L. pāla spade, shovel, rel. to pālus stake, PALE1.

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pallet1 (straw) mattress. XIV. ME. pail(l)et — AN. paillete straw, f. OF. paille straw:— L. palea chaff, straw.