Fillet Fil"let, n. [OE. filet, felet, fr. OF. filet thread, fillet of meat, dim. of fil a thread, fr. L. filum. See {Fille} a row.] 1. A little band, especially one intended to encircle the hair of the head. [1913 Webster]

A belt her waist, a fillet binds her hair. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cooking) A piece of lean meat without bone; sometimes, a long strip rolled together and tied. [1913 Webster]

Note: A fillet of beef is the under side of the sirlom; also called tenderloin. A fillet of veal or mutton is the fleshy part of the thigh. A fillet of fish is a slice of flat fish without bone. ``Fillet of a fenny snake.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A thin strip or ribbon; esp.: (a) A strip of metal from which coins are punched. (b) A strip of card clothing. (c) A thin projecting band or strip. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mach.) A concave filling in of a re["e]ntrant angle where two surfaces meet, forming a rounded corner. [1913 Webster]

5. (Arch.) A narrow flat member; especially, a flat molding separating other moldings; a reglet; also, the space between two flutings in a shaft. See Illust. of {Base}, and {Column}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Her.) An ordinary equaling in breadth one fourth of the chief, to the lowest portion of which it corresponds in position. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mech.) The thread of a screw. [1913 Webster]

8. A border of broad or narrow lines of color or gilt. [1913 Webster]

9. The raised molding about the muzzle of a gun. [1913 Webster]

10. Any scantling smaller than a batten. [1913 Webster]

11. (Anat.) A fascia; a band of fibers; applied esp. to certain bands of white matter in the brain. [1913 Webster]

12. (Man.) The loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests. [1913 Webster]

{Arris fillet}. See under {Arris}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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 — ► 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

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • fillet — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} (AmE also filet) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ fish ▪ anchovy, cod, haddock, salmon, etc. ▪ beef …   Collocations dictionary

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