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.]
A little band, especially one intended to encircle the hair of the head.
A belt her waist, a fillet binds her hair.
A piece of lean meat without bone; sometimes, a long strip rolled together and tied.
⇒ 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."
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.
A concave filling in of a reentrant angle where two surfaces meet, forming a rounded corner.
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.
An ordinary equaling in breadth one fourth of the chief, to the lowest portion of which it corresponds in position.
The thread of a screw.
A border of broad or narrow lines of color or gilt.
The raised molding about the muzzle of a gun.
Any scantling smaller than a batten.
A fascia; a band of fibers; applied esp. to certain bands of white matter in the brain.
The loins of a horse, beginning at the place where the hinder part of the saddle rests.
Arris fillet. See under Arris.
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Fil"let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Filleted; p. pr. & vb. n. Filleting.]
To bind, furnish, or adorn with a fillet.
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