- a boneless cut or slice of meat or fish, especially the beef tenderloin.
- a piece of veal or other meat boned, rolled, and tied for roasting.
- a narrow band of ribbon or the like worn around the head, usually as an ornament; headband.
- any narrow strip, as wood or metal.
- a strip of any material used for binding.
- a decorative line impressed on a book cover, usually at the top and bottom of the back.
- a rolling tool for impressing such lines.
- Also called list.a narrow flat molding or area, raised or sunk between larger moldings or areas.
- a narrow portion of the surface of a column left between adjoining flutes.
- Anatomy. lemniscus.
- a raised rim or ridge, as a ring on the muzzle of a gun.
- Metallurgy. a concave strip forming a rounded interior angle in a foundry pattern.
verb (used with object)
- to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet.
- to cut fillets from.
- to bind or adorn with or as if with a fillet.
- Machinery. to round off (an interior angle) with a fillet.
- Also called: fillet steaka strip of boneless meat, esp the undercut of a sirloin of beef
- the boned side of a fish
- the white meat of breast and wing of a chicken
- a narrow strip of any material
- a thin strip of ribbon, lace, etc, worn in the hair or around the neck
- a narrow flat moulding, esp one between other mouldings
- a narrow band between two adjacent flutings on the shaft of a column
- Also called: fillet weld a narrow strip of welded metal of approximately triangular cross-section used to join steel members at right angles
- heraldry a horizontal division of a shield, one quarter of the depth of the chief
- Also called: listel, list the top member of a cornice
- anatomy a band of sensory nerve fibres in the brain connected to the thalamusTechnical name: lemniscus
- a narrow decorative line, impressed on the cover of a book
- a wheel tool used to impress such lines
- another name for fairing 1
verb -lets, -leting or -leted (tr)
- to cut or prepare (meat or fish) as a fillet
- to cut fillets from (meat or fish)
- anatomy to surgically remove a bone from (part of the body) so that only soft tissue remains
- to bind or decorate with or as if with a fillet
early 14c., “headband,” from Old French filet (12c.) “thread, filament; strip, ligament,” diminutive of fil “thread” (see 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 string. As a verb, from c.1600, “to bind with a narrow band;” meaning “to cut in fillets” is from 1846. Related: Filleted; filleting.
- A loop of cord or tape used for making traction on a part of the fetus.
- A loop-shaped band of fibers, especially the lemniscus.