fillet

/fil"it/; usually /fi lay"/ for 1, 10, n.
1. Cookery.
a. a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, esp. the beef tenderloin.
b. a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
2. a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
3. any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
4. a strip of any material used for binding.
5. Bookbinding.
a. a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
b. a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
6. Archit.
a. Also called list. a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas. See diag. under molding.
b. a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
7. Anat. lemniscus.
8. a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
9. Metall. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
v.t.
10. Cookery.
a. to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
b. to cut fillets from.
11. to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
12. Mach. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
Also, filet (for defs. 1, 10).
[1300-50; ME filet < AF, MF, equiv. to fil thread + -et -ET]

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      (from Latin filum, “thread”), in architecture, the characteristically rectangular or square ribbonlike bands that separate moldings and ornaments. Fillets are common in classical architecture (in which they also may be found between the flutings of columns) and in Gothic architecture. In the Early English and Decorated styles of the 13th and 14th centuries, respectively, the fillet is frequently worked upon larger moldings and column shafts; in these cases it is not always flat but rather is sometimes cut into two or more narrow faces that have sharp edges between them. See also molding.

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  • Fillet — Fil let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filleted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filleting}.] To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fillet — early 14c., headband, from O.Fr. filet (12c.) thread, filament; strip, ligament, dim. of fil thread (see FILE (Cf. file) (v.)). Sense of cut of meat or fish is from late 14c., apparently so called because it was prepared by being tied up with a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fillet — n *strip, band, ribbon, stripe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Fillet — A band of some material used as a head decoration, also a strip of ribbon …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • fillet — ► NOUN 1) a fleshy boneless piece of meat from near the loins or the ribs of an animal. 2) a boned side of a fish. 3) a band or ribbon binding the hair. 4) Architecture a narrow flat band separating two mouldings. ► VERB (filleted, filleting) …   English terms dictionary

  • fillet — [fil′it; ] for n. 6 & vt. 2, usually [ fi lā′, fil′ā΄] n. [ME filet < OFr, dim. of fil: see FILE1] 1. a narrow band worn around the head as to hold the hair in place 2. a thin strip or band 3. FAIRING1 …   English World dictionary

  • fillet — [[t]fɪ̱lɪt, AM fɪle͟ɪ[/t]] fillets, filleting, filleted 1) N VAR: usu with supp, also N n Fillet is a strip of meat, especially beef, that has no bones in it. ...fillet of beef with shallots. ...chicken breast fillets. ...fillet steak. 2) N COUNT …   English dictionary

  • fillet — I UK [ˈfɪlɪt] / US [fɪˈleɪ] noun Word forms fillet : singular fillet plural fillets 1) [countable] a single side of the body of a fish, with the bones removed a salmon fillet 2) [countable/uncountable] a long thin piece of meat with no bones in… …   English dictionary

  • Fillet — Filet or Fillet may refer to:*Fillet (mechanics), in mechanical engineering, a concave easing of an interior corner of a part used to reduce stress concentration (pronounced “fill it”) *Annulet (architecture), in architecture, small annulets… …   Wikipedia

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