What does Pallet mean?

Definitions for Pallet
ˈpæl ɪtpal·let

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palette, palletnoun

    the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art

  2. palletnoun

    a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it

  3. palletnoun

    a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay

  4. palletnoun

    a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed

  5. palette, palletnoun

    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used


  1. Palletnoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Palletnoun

    Etymology: paillet, in Geoffrey Chaucer, which was probably the French word from paille, straw, and secondarily, a bed.

    Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoaky cribs,
    Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
    And husht with buzzing night flies to thy slumber;
    Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
    Under the canopies of costly state,
    And lull’d with sounds of sweetest melody? William Shakespeare.

    His secretary was laid in a pallet near him for ventilation of his thoughts. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    If your stray attendance be yet lodg’d,
    Or shroud within these limits, I shall know
    Ere morrow wake, or the low-roosted lark
    From her thatch’t pallet rouse. John Milton.

    A surgeon drew from a patient in four days, twenty-seven pallets, every pallet containing three ounces. George Hakewill.


  1. Pallet

    A pallet () (also called a skid) is a flat transport structure, which supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, a pallet jack, a front loader, a jacking device, or an erect crane. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load, which allows handling and storage efficiencies. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap or shrink wrap and shipped. Since its invention in the twentieth century, its use has dramatically supplanted older forms of crating like the wooden box and the wooden barrel, as it works well with modern packaging like corrugated boxes and intermodal containers commonly used for bulk shipping. While most pallets are wooden, pallets can also be made of plastic, metal, paper, and recycled materials.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palletnoun

    a small and mean bed; a bed of straw

  2. Palletnoun

    same as Palette

  3. Palletnoun

    a wooden implement used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works. It is oval, round, and of other forms

  4. Palletnoun

    a potter's wheel

  5. Palletnoun

    an instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it

  6. Palletnoun

    a tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands

  7. Palletnoun

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

  8. Palletnoun

    a click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel

  9. Palletnoun

    one of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump

  10. Palletnoun

    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

  11. Palletnoun

    in the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes

  12. Palletnoun

    one of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, as the Teredo. See Illust. of Teredo

  13. Palletnoun

    a cup containing three ounces, -- /ormerly used by surgeons

  14. Etymology: [OE. paillet, F. paillet a heap of straw, fr. paille straw, fr. L. palea chaff; cf. Gr. fine meal, dust, Skr. pala straw, palva chaff. Cf. Paillasse.]


  1. Pallet

    A pallet, sometimes inaccurately called a skid, is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, work saver or other jacking device. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiencies. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap or shrink wrap and shipped. While most pallets are wooden, pallets also are made of plastic, metal, and paper. Each material has advantages and disadvantages relative to the others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pallet

    pal′et, n. 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. [Palette.]

  2. Pallet

    pal′et, n. a mattress, or couch, properly a mattress of straw. [Prov. Fr. paillet, dim. of Fr. paille, straw—L. palea, chaff.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pallet

    A ballast-locker formerly used, to give room in the hold for other stowage.

Editors Contribution

  1. pallet

    A type of platform or structure created and designed in various colors, materials, sizes and styles.

    Pallets used to be made of just wood, now they are being designed in new sizes, shapes etc to suit various forms of transport and the materials in abundance in a particular country.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 15, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pallet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pallet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Pallet in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Jackson:

    Removing these items also means a smaller, lighter iPhone box, we can fit up to 70 % more items on a shipping pallet.

  2. Cody Sheehan:

    We didn’t focus on today’s pallet or what we thought would appeal to kids, like Keebler had done. Instead, we wanted to bring back that same Hydrox experience that so many had lived through, from 1908 ‘til the 1990’s.

  3. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is a thematic pallet, philosophical colourism, chromatic signature and dual art, soft scale, poetics of attractiveness, mythologism, actual value, logism of color, active color, logical panel.

  4. Aston Martin:

    We can listen to the rhetoric of British politicians saying 'we'll make the Dover port flow, we'll let the stuff in' but what they fail to realise is that for every time you bring in an engine, you've got to send a pallet back to Germany, if the French aren't opening up their border, very soon you run out of pallets.

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